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UK weather: Floods and gales to cause transport chaos

31 January 2014 08:02:27 UK headlines

The Environment Agency has issued more than 100 flood warnings as heavy rain and gales are forecast to hit parts of the UK today

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UK weather: what caused the Christmas storms and flooding?

13 January 2014 21:16:51 UK headlines

Paul Davis, chief meteorologist for the Met Office, explains why the jet stream brought such stormy weather during the end of last year

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UK weather in pictures: Heavy rain causes widespread flooding across Britain

06 January 2014 14:02:47 UK headlines

Heavy rain causes widespread flooding across Britain.

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UK weather in pictures: Heavy rain causes widespread flooding across Britain

05 January 2014 13:51:37 UK headlines

Heavy rain causes widespread flooding across Britain.

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UK weather in pics: Strong winds and heavy rain cause disruption and flooding

30 December 2013 16:04:57 UK headlines

Strong winds and torrential rain cause disruption and flooding.

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Warning of fresh floods and storms for UK

26 December 2013 10:57:23 UK Homepage

Tens of thousands of homes were left without power on Christmas Day and nearly 1,000 homes were flooded after bad weather caused chaos

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UK weather: flooding causes thousands of pounds worth of damage to business owners

06 December 2013 17:04:50 UK headlines

Business owner Steve Clemmett says flooding has cause tens of thousands of pounds in damage to his Lowestoft shop

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The Fiver | An entirely shocking turn of tedious events | Daniel Harris

29 July 2013 17:26:41 Sport news, comment and results | theguardian.com

Click here to have the Fiver sent to your inbox every weekday at 5pm, or if your usual copy has stopped arriving BECAUSE HE'S WELL GOOD AT FOOTBALL AND THEY'VE GOT LOADS OF MONEY "You know that girl Amy-Jo-Moonebeeme-Tattoo?" "Amy-Jo-Moonebeeme-Tattoo Smith, or Amy-Jo-Moonebeeme-Tattoo Brown." "Amy-Jo-Moonebeeme-Tattoo Brown." "Yes, I know." "She told me she fancied you." "Really? Give over." "It's true, I promise." "How do you know?" "She straight told me." "Straight?" "Straight." "Straight!" "Bare straight." "How do I know that you're telling the truth? You could just be making it all up." "Because you've known me for years and we're friends – such that anyone is friends with anyone. Have I ever lied to you before?" "Yes, when you told me that you didn't put that pig's heart in my bag after biology." "That was different, that was just a joke, this is business, straight. You're in." "Ok, safe, I'll get involved." "Yeah, obviously it's fine, enjoy – just one thing. You're just not allowed to say that it was me who told you." "Why not?" "You know how people are, they get all upset and stuff." "Yeah, people." "It's just for the sake of it really, like it always is, but whatevz. Just wade in and give her one for me." The Fiver understands and the Fiver's sources understand that to some lucky teenagers, this actually happens. Seriously. And apparently, none of those teenagers spent any time at all demanding evidence and quotations – or quotes, as the youth of today insist on calling them. Instead, they simply set about mortifying themselves as rapidly as possible, and everyone was happy. Meanwhile, Real Madrid want Tottenham's Gareth Bale because he's well good at football and they've got loads of money, and Gareth Bale wants Real Madrid because they're well good at football and pay loads of money. Who could possibly believe such a thing? Instrumental in this entirely shocking turn of tedious events was Bale's Mr 15%, Jonathan Barnett, who, in the last few months, has spent time on Spanish television announcing to the world that he is Bale's Mr 15%. Him! Yes, him! Know him, world, for he is a Mr 15%! Respect him! Fear him! And what a monumental, enormous, throbbing, world class, complete and utter Mr 15% he really is, involved in the attempt to legally trademark the sheer uniqueness of Bale's heart celebration and oblivious to the reality that there's more chance of people copying his skidmark. And now, he is engaged in a superfight for the ages, the cops and robbers for the modern playground , a battle that will forever define the summer of 2013 – with the Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy. And what a monumental, enormous, throbbing, world class, complete and utter chairman he really is, keen to ignore contracts when paying up managers he no longer wants, less so when attempting to retain players forced to leave on account of his transfer market parsimony. He does business for he is a businessman! No one messes with him! He knows Joe Lewis! Business! Quite why Levy is making such a fuss is unclear – as demonstrated by Manchester United, when selling Cristiano Ronaldo, it's fine to lose your best player by far – all you need to do is retain the majority of the money for your own ends, spend the shrapnel on Antonio Valencia, Gabriel Obertan and Mame Diouf, and everything will be just fine. The Fiver understands that L'il Mickey Owen is also available on a free transfer. QUOTE OF THE DAY "It cannot be our fault on any level" - Premier League chief executive Peter Scudamore – the man responsible for marketing English football around the world, thus flooding the league with big-money signings, thus pushing English talent down the food chain, thus meaning only 30% of the Premier League players are eligible to play for England – says he is not to blame for the state of Mr Roy's shoddy England team. FIVER LETTERS "So if Gilford Park are now the Queen's Celtic Nation, which lucky northern team three tiers below them are going to be dissolved and re-formed as the Newco Pope's O'Rangers Nation? My money's on Seaton Delaval Amateurs in the Northern Football Alliance" – George Ridley. "Provincial locations in England (Friday's Fiver) – Runcorn, Peterborough, RHYL!!!!!. Sometimes I think you deliberately make it too easy" – Tony J (and 1,056 others). • Send your letters to the.boss@guardian.co.uk . Also, if you've nothing better to do you can tweet the Fiver. Today's winner of our prizeless letter o' the day prize is: Rollover. JOIN GUARDIAN SOULMATES We keep trying to point out the utter futility of advertising an online dating service "for interesting people" in the Fiver to the naive folk who run Guardian Soulmates, but they still aren't having any of it. So here you go – sign up here to view profiles of the kind of erudite, sociable and friendly romantics who would never dream of going out with you. BITS AND BOBS The former Birmingham City striker and Ecuador international Christian Benitez has died aged 27. The cause of his death in Qatar is yet to be confirmed. Kick It Out have launched a new app for reporting racism. "We felt the old format was stale," said Kick It Out chairman Lord Ouseley, sparkling up the fusty old business of highlighting discrimination. Pepe Reina has written a Dear John letter to Liverpool fans. "If I have one regret, it is the way that I am leaving," he said, packing up his belongings, arguing over who gets the Phil Collins CDs and claiming the deal for him to join Napoli was done behind his back. The administrator in charge of the Lithuanian bank owed £15m by Hearts has said the three bids lodged for the club so far are unacceptable and warned liquidation would be the alternative. "I sincerely hope this is the way of things we still can avoid," boomed Gintaras Adomonis, apparently via Google translate. After Red Star Belgrade struggled to beat Icelanders IBV in the Europa League, club officials have highlighted one or two issues in their players' training regimes. "All the hard work will amount to nothing if you keep eating meat pies before practice and drinking two or three beers after it," sniffed manager Slavisa Stojanovic. "Cigarettes and nights out on boat-bars lined up along the river are also out of the question," noted club vice-president Nebojsa Covic. And the chairman of the Crawley Town Supporter's Alliance, Paul Prendergast, has been banned for four games for "mercilessly winding up" Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway until he yelled: "Why don't you just shut up?

Vice All News Time29 July 2013 17:26:41


The Fiver | An entirely shocking turn of tedious events | Daniel Harris

29 July 2013 17:22:04 Football news, match reports and fixtures | theguardian.com

Click here to have the Fiver sent to your inbox every weekday at 5pm, or if your usual copy has stopped arriving BECAUSE HE'S WELL GOOD AT FOOTBALL AND THEY'VE GOT LOADS OF MONEY "You know that girl Amy-Jo-Moonebeeme-Tattoo?" "Amy-Jo-Moonebeeme-Tattoo Smith, or Amy-Jo-Moonebeeme-Tattoo Brown." "Amy-Jo-Moonebeeme-Tattoo Brown." "Yes, I know." "She told me she fancied you." "Really? Give over." "It's true, I promise." "How do you know?" "She straight told me." "Straight?" "Straight." "Straight!" "Bare straight." "How do I know that you're telling the truth? You could just be making it all up." "Because you've known me for years and we're friends – such that anyone is friends with anyone. Have I ever lied to you before?" "Yes, when you told me that you didn't put that pig's heart in my bag after biology." "That was different, that was just a joke, this is business, straight. You're in." "Ok, safe, I'll get involved." "Yeah, obviously it's fine, enjoy – just one thing. You're just not allowed to say that it was me who told you." "Why not?" "You know how people are, they get all upset and stuff." "Yeah, people." "It's just for the sake of it really, like it always is, but whatevz. Just wade in and give her one for me." The Fiver understands and the Fiver's sources understand that to some lucky teenagers, this actually happens. Seriously. And apparently, none of those teenagers spent any time at all demanding evidence and quotations – or quotes, as the youth of today insist on calling them. Instead, they simply set about mortifying themselves as rapidly as possible, and everyone was happy. Meanwhile, Real Madrid want Tottenham's Gareth Bale because he's well good at football and they've got loads of money, and Gareth Bale wants Real Madrid because they're well good at football and pay loads of money. Who could possibly believe such a thing? Instrumental in this entirely shocking turn of tedious events was Bale's Mr 15%, Jonathan Barnett, who, in the last few months, has spent time on Spanish television announcing to the world that he is Bale's Mr 15%. Him! Yes, him! Know him, world, for he is a Mr 15%! Respect him! Fear him! And what a monumental, enormous, throbbing, world class, complete and utter Mr 15% he really is, involved in the attempt to legally trademark the sheer uniqueness of Bale's heart celebration and oblivious to the reality that there's more chance of people copying his skidmark. And now, he is engaged in a superfight for the ages, the cops and robbers for the modern playground , a battle that will forever define the summer of 2013 – with the Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy. And what a monumental, enormous, throbbing, world class, complete and utter chairman he really is, keen to ignore contracts when paying up managers he no longer wants, less so when attempting to retain players forced to leave on account of his transfer market parsimony. He does business for he is a businessman! No one messes with him! He knows Joe Lewis! Business! Quite why Levy is making such a fuss is unclear – as demonstrated by Manchester United, when selling Cristiano Ronaldo, it's fine to lose your best player by far – all you need to do is retain the majority of the money for your own ends, spend the shrapnel on Antonio Valencia, Gabriel Obertan and Mame Diouf, and everything will be just fine. The Fiver understands that L'il Mickey Owen is also available on a free transfer. QUOTE OF THE DAY "It cannot be our fault on any level" - Premier League chief executive Peter Scudamore – the man responsible for marketing English football around the world, thus flooding the league with big-money signings, thus pushing English talent down the food chain, thus meaning only 30% of the Premier League players are eligible to play for England – says he is not to blame for the state of Mr Roy's shoddy England team. FIVER LETTERS "So if Gilford Park are now the Queen's Celtic Nation, which lucky northern team three tiers below them are going to be dissolved and re-formed as the Newco Pope's O'Rangers Nation? My money's on Seaton Delaval Amateurs in the Northern Football Alliance" – George Ridley. "Provincial locations in England (Friday's Fiver) – Runcorn, Peterborough, RHYL!!!!!. Sometimes I think you deliberately make it too easy" – Tony J (and 1,056 others). • Send your letters to the.boss@guardian.co.uk . Also, if you've nothing better to do you can tweet the Fiver. Today's winner of our prizeless letter o' the day prize is: Rollover. JOIN GUARDIAN SOULMATES We keep trying to point out the utter futility of advertising an online dating service "for interesting people" in the Fiver to the naive folk who run Guardian Soulmates, but they still aren't having any of it. So here you go – sign up here to view profiles of the kind of erudite, sociable and friendly romantics who would never dream of going out with you. BITS AND BOBS The former Birmingham City striker and Ecuador international Christian Benitez has died aged 27. The cause of his death in Qatar is yet to be confirmed. Kick It Out have launched a new app for reporting racism. "We felt the old format was stale," said Kick It Out chairman Lord Ouseley, sparkling up the fusty old business of highlighting discrimination. Pepe Reina has written a Dear John letter to Liverpool fans. "If I have one regret, it is the way that I am leaving," he said, packing up his belongings, arguing over who gets the Phil Collins CDs and claiming the deal for him to join Napoli was done behind his back. The administrator in charge of the Lithuanian bank owed £15m by Hearts has said the three bids lodged for the club so far are unacceptable and warned liquidation would be the alternative. "I sincerely hope this is the way of things we still can avoid," boomed Gintaras Adomonis, apparently via Google translate. After Red Star Belgrade struggled to beat Icelanders IBV in the Europa League, club officials have highlighted one or two issues in their players' training regimes. "All the hard work will amount to nothing if you keep eating meat pies before practice and drinking two or three beers after it," sniffed manager Slavisa Stojanovic. "Cigarettes and nights out on boat-bars lined up along the river are also out of the question," noted club vice-president Nebojsa Covic. And the chairman of the Crawley Town Supporter's Alliance, Paul Prendergast, has been banned for four games for "mercilessly winding up" Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway until he yelled: "Why don't you just shut up?

Vice All News Time29 July 2013 17:22:04


Acute oak decline disease prompts £1.1m research effort

15 July 2013 11:05:43 Politics news, UK and world political comment and analysis | theguardian.com

Project aims to understand distribution and severity of mystery disease causing Britain's oak trees to 'bleed to death' A mystery disease causing Britain's oak trees to "bleed to death" has prompted a £1.1m research effort to identify the cause. The government-funded project aims to understand the distribution and severity of acute oak decline (AOD), a fast-acting disease than can bring about the death of an oak tree within 3-10 years of infection. AOD, first observed in the 1980s, is affecting several thousand oak trees across East Anglia, the Midlands and south-east England, but scientists do not know what is causing it. Thousands of trees are estimated to be affected. Dr Sandra Denman, lead scientist on the project to identify the cause of AOD, said: "AOD is a serious problem for both of Britain's native oak trees. Oak is our most important native broad-leafed tree species and is iconic to Britain." Dr John Morgan, head of the Forestry Commission's Plant Health Service, said: "We are determined to do everything possible to protect our trees. AOD is a complex condition, and this new Defra funding will enable us to better understand the condition and the number and distribution of trees affected." At a biosecurity summit last week, the environment secretary, Owen Paterson, called for a united front against tree diseases: "It is clear that it is only by working together that we can do our best to protect our plants and trees." Denman said the causes of AOD are complex and that two of the bacteria they have isolated are unique to the diseased trees. Her team also found nearly it coincided with the oak jewel beetle, Agrilus biguttatus , being found within the trees. She said: "Thus a key research question is to determine the relationship between the beetle and the bacteria." Brian Muelaner, an ancient tree adviser at the National Trust, said: "The disease can be seen on affected trees as a black, tarry-like resin bleeding from the tree bark. The tar forms as the tree floods the infected area with sap to make anaerobic conditions to kill the infection." With no cure yet in place, there is no plan for how to deal with AOD so trees must be left to die naturally over the 5-10 year period it takes for the disease to take hold. If the cause can be identified then a better action plan can be put in place to prevent the disease spreading. In the meantime, it is hoped that the public can help by using the Forestry Commission's Tree Alert tool to report suspected cases. Muelaner added: "Thankfully the disease is not affecting the ancient trees, those that are over 600 years old, but if we lose younger trees then we will have a generational gap in the future which affects biostability in the environment." The independent Tree Health and Plant Biosecurity Expert Taskforce , set up as a result of the discovery in the UK last year of Chalara fraxinea , which causes ash dieback, found AOD to be one of a number of pests and diseases that are an immediate threat to the UK or have the potential to have a severe impact. Trees and forests Wildlife Owen Paterson Biology Plants guardian.co.uk © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds

Vice All News Time15 July 2013 11:05:43