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Arthur Conan Doyle's Eerie Vision of the Future of War
Offbeat  (tags: Writer, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, UK )

- 1 day ago -
A century ago Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote a short story about the threat of starvation in Britain - caused by enemy submarines - and the need for a Channel Tunnel. Was his bleak vision justified?
Rare Monkey Gives Birth to Twins Months After Gangsters Broke Into Her Cage and Abducted Her and Her Baby
Offbeat  (tags: rare, monkey, birth, twins, stolen, blackpool zoo, UK, gangsters, cotton topped tamarin )

- 3 days ago -
A rare monkey who was snatched from her enclosure with her baby by gangsters in an organised raid has given birth to twins.
Animal Rights Campaigners Condemn Quaint Oxfordshire Country Fair for Displaying Three Wild Brown Bear Cubs in Cages
Offbeat  (tags: Enstone, country fair, wild bears, Oxford, UK, cages )

- 6 days ago -
Climbing up the walls and splashing in the water, these brown bear cubs were the main attraction at this year's Enstone Country Show.
Why Was Stonehenge Built? 'Groundbreaking' Discovery of 15 New Monuments Suggests the Answer Could Lie BENEATH the Ground
Offbeat  (tags: stonehenge, monuments, UK, summer solstice, mystery, history )

- 6 days ago -
Humans have marvelled at the majesty of Stonehenge for thousands of years, but the famous landmark's original purpose has remained a mystery.
A Quiz on British History You Can Do in the Car
Offbeat  (tags: Quiz, British History, UK )

- 6 days ago -
Do you know your ancient from your modern? Test your knowledge of British history with these 12 quick questions.
Is This Britain's Friendliest Fox? Pudding Is So Tame She Can't Be Released Into the Wild
Offbeat  (tags: Pudding, fox, tame, UK, face book, rescued )

- 6 days ago -
Pudding the fox has abandoned the call of the wild and has almost become a pet at a rescue centre in Northamptonshire.
Language: Top 100 Cockney Rhyming Slang Words and Phrases
Offbeat  (tags: Cockney, rhyming slang, language, verses, east end, London, UK, cockney )

- 7 days ago -
Rhyming slang is believed to have originated in the mid-19th century in the East End of London, with sources suggesting some time in the 1840s. It dates from around 1840 among the predominantly Cockney population of the East End of London
Victorian Strangeness: The Drunken Monkey That Smashed Up a Bar
Offbeat  (tags: News Papers, Archive, Animals, Britain, UK )

- 7 days ago -
The British Newspaper Archive is a treasure trove of outlandish tales from the Victorian press. Author Jeremy Clay tells the story of a monkey that went on a drunken rampage.
James Foley Beheading: Hunt on for 'British' Jihadist
Offbeat  (tags: Police, US journalist, British' jihadist. USA, UK )

- 8 days ago -
UK police and security services are attempting to identify a suspected British jihadist who appeared in footage of the killing of a US journalist.
Youth Mental Health Care 'in Dark Ages', Says Minister
Offbeat  (tags: Healthcare, Mental Health, England, UK )

- 9 days ago -
Mental health services for young people in England are "stuck in the dark ages" and "not fit for purpose", according to a government minister.
Kew's Green Medicine
Offbeat  (tags: Healthcare, Green medicine, Plants, Kew, UK )

- 9 days ago -
Many beautiful plants have the power to help human health - but at the same time, can also be potentially harmful
Big Tobacco Fuming: Philip Morris Threatens to Sue Over Plain Cigarette Packaging
Offbeat  (tags: Children, Court, Health, Law, Politics, UK )

- 14 days ago -
Philip Morris International, the world's largest tobacco company and maker of Marlboro cigarettes, is prepared to sue the British government if it implements a law requiring plain packaging of cigarettes.
Hundreds Set to Streak Around London Zoo Tonight
Offbeat  (tags: London zoo, conservation, UK, tigers, streakers, naked )

- 15 days ago -
Hundreds of people will be stripping off and streaking around London Zoo to raise money for the conservation of tigers.
It's Chocolate Box Pretty': Inside 17th Century Welsh Farmhouse Transformed Into a Holiday Cottage
Offbeat  (tags: Wales, welsh, cottage, UK, chocolate box, holiday )

- 23 days ago -
For anyone thinking of getting away from it all, it's the perfect accommodation.
The Cast of Downton Abbey Enjoy Some Down-Time as They Film Fifth Season on Set of Harry Potter Movies
Offbeat  (tags: Downtown Abbey, Harry potter, movies, UK, castles, history )

- 23 days ago -
Alnwick Castle in Northumberland took a step back in time today as members of the cast of Downton Abbey filmed scenes in the grounds of the iconic building.

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