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August 23, 2015

Vintage plane crashes into road during Shoreham Air Show in England

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Sunday, August 23, 2015

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Police warn more bodies may remain to be found after yesterday’s crash of a vintage jet killed at least seven people. The Hawker Hunter crashed into a busy road during the Shoreham Air Show in England.

The plane failed to pull out of a large loop at around 1:20p.m. It hit the nearby A27 road, erupting into a fireball and leaving cars burned out and heavily damaged. The scene in West Sussex is near the town of Shoreham.

Pilot Andy Hill is presently alive but critically injured in hospital. He has previously flown with British Airways and the Royal Air Force. Two of the dead are Worthing United FC football players, Matthew Grimstone and Jacob Schilt, who were on their way to a match.

Also killed was Matt Jones, 24, who worked as a personal trainer. He came from Littlehampton and was giving a friend a lift. A vintage Daimler wedding limousine on its way to collect a bride was also caught up in the crash, but its owner Chariot Chauffeurs say they are unclear on if the driver was a fatality.

Sussex Police and the Air Accidents Investigation Branch are investigating. Police Superintendent Jane Derrick said last night “”At this time we are continuing to search[…] It is possible that tonight and tomorrow we are going to find more bodies at the scene.” She said it is believed all casualties except the pilot were road users. At least fourteen were injured.

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The pilot did not eject. Hill was experienced, with years of display flying under his belt and a military career that included flying Harrier jump-jets. David Wildridge, another pilot who took part yesterday, said Hill is “well-known and well-loved”, “very professional”, and that his Harrier experience made him “the best of the best.”

The 1950s jet was decommissioned from military service in 1996 and sold at auction. In 2012 English entrepreneur Graham Peacock bought it for around £65,000. It is a regular at airshows.

Tina Tilley, head of the local chamber of commerce, was at the show ans said “From where we were we could see the jet came down very low and looked like it was going to scoop up – but it didn’t. There were flames and we knew it was right on the A27. Everyone was horrified and there were people crying.” Motorist Dom Lawson, whose car was narrowly missed, said “It was like something out of Die Hard.” The road closure left thousands trapped at the scene as they could not remove their cars.

In a statement, Prime Minister David Cameron sent “his heartfelt condolences to the families of the people who were so tragically killed… [his] thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of the victims.” The airshow is cancelled today.

Earlier this year a pilot was killed when his plane crashed during an aerial display a CarFest in England. In 2007 a Shoreham Air Show display recreating the Battle of Britain ended with a pilot dead following a crash.



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Police warn more bodies may remain to be found after yesterday’s crash of a vintage jet killed at least seven people. The Hawker Hunter crashed into a busy road during the Shoreham Airshow in England.

The plane failed to pull out of a large loop at around 1:20p.m. It hit the nearby A27 road, erupting into a fireball and leaving cars burned out and heavily damaged. The scene in West Sussex is near the town of Shoreham.

Pilot Andy Hill is presently alive but critically injured in hospital. He has previously flown with British Airways and the Royal Air Force. Two of the dead are Worthing United FC football players, Matthew Grimstone and Jacob Schilt, who were on their way to a match.

Also killed was Matt Jones, 24, who worked as a personal trainer. He came from Littlehampton and was giving a friend a lift. A vintage Daimler wedding limousine on its way to collect a bride was also caught up in the crash, but its owner Chariot Chauffeurs say they are unclear on if the driver was a fatality.

Sussex Police and the Air Accidents Investigation Branch are investigating. Police Superintendent Jane Derrick said last night, “At this time we are continuing to search[…] It is possible that tonight and tomorrow we are going to find more bodies at the scene.” She said it is believed all casualties except the pilot were road users. At least fourteen were injured.

A Hawker Hunter displaying at last year’s show.
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Assistant Chief Constable Steve Barry today said eleven people are “highly likely to have died in this tragedy”, based upon “our initial work at the site” and “inquiries following calls to the emergency services from worried families and friends”. He said officers currently remain at the “incredibly large” scene. There are plans to remove plane wreckage using a crane tomorrow.

The pilot, Hill, was experienced, with years of display flying under his belt and a military career that included flying Harrier jump-jets. David Wildridge, another pilot who took part yesterday, said Hill is “well-known and well-loved”, “very professional”, and that his Harrier experience made him “the best of the best.”

The 1950s jet was decommissioned from military service in 1996 and sold at auction. In 2012 English entrepreneur Graham Peacock bought it for around £65,000. It is a regular at airshows.

Tina Tilley, head of the local chamber of commerce, was at the show ans said “From where we were we could see the jet came down very low and looked like it was going to scoop up — but it didn’t. There were flames and we knew it was right on the A27. Everyone was horrified and there were people crying.” Motorist Dom Lawson, whose car was narrowly missed, said “It was like something out of Die Hard“. The road closure left thousands trapped at the scene as they could not remove their cars.

In a statement, Prime Minister David Cameron sent “his heartfelt condolences to the families of the people who were so tragically killed […] [his] thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of the victims.” The airshow is cancelled today.

It is one of three deadly European airshow crash in four days. On Thursday two planes carrying parachutists collided and crashed in West Slovakia. At least seven were killed. They had been practising for an airshow due to be held this weekend. Today two small planes collided during an airshow in Dittingen, Switzerland. One of the pilots escaped but the other was killed.

Earlier this year a pilot was killed when his plane crashed during an aerial display at CarFest in England. In 2007 a Shoreham Airshow display recreating the Battle of Britain ended with a pilot dead following a crash.

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April 30, 2015

Holocaust survivor publicly forgives 93-year-old Auschwitz guard during his trial

Holocaust survivor publicly forgives 93-year-old Auschwitz guard during his trial

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On Friday, Eva Mozes Kor, a 81-year-old Auschwitz concentration camp survivor, publicly forgave and embraced 93-year-old former SS guard Oskar Gröning, who is currently on trial in Germany as an accessory to 300,000 murders of Jews at Auschwitz.

Kor, who was among many Jews medically experimented on at Auschwitz, has thanked Mr Gröning for answering to the crimes he aided during his time as an Auschwitz guard.

Kor is amongst a number of Auschwitz survivors attending the trial who have joined the prosecutors as co-plaintiffs in the case against Mr Gröning. While Kor has forgiven Mr Gröning, she still holds him liable for his involvement during the Holocaust, as she did last week when she testified against him. Other survivors have recently spoken out about the trial; survivor Eva Pusztai-Fahidi said on Tuesday the trial itself against a former SS guard matters more than the end punishment.

During the first day of Mr Gröning’s trial, he denied any direct role in the killings, though he did admit to having witnessed them. Mr Gröning said he shared “moral guilt” for the crimes, regardless of whether his actions make him criminally guilty.

The prosecutors have argued that serving as a concentration camp guard is legally accessory to the act of murder. Mr Gröning is reportedly one of three remaining former SS guards that have been identified for trial. If found guilty, the former SS Guard could reportedly face up to fifteen years in prison.



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April 27, 2015

Over 10,000 attend Gallipoli dawn service for ANZAC Day centenary

Over 10,000 attend Gallipoli dawn service for ANZAC Day centenary

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A crowd of over 10,000 people attended the dawn service on Saturday at Gallipoli, Turkey for the 100th anniversary of the landing of Australian and New Zealand troops there in 1915. The solemn remembrance ceremony was held at the site of the original Gallipoli landings, now known as Anzac Cove.

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The Gallipoli Campaign of the First World War is remembered as a failed attack in which thousands of lives were lost for little to no gain for either side. The campaign killed 45,000 Allied and 86,000 Turkish troops.

Attendees at the dawn service included Prince Charles, the Prime Minister of Australia, and the Prime Minister of New Zealand.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott‘s speech later in the day emphasised the importance of the day to Australians. “Like every generation since, we are here on Gallipoli because we believe the Anzacs represented Australians at their best. Because they rose to their challenges, we believe it is a little easier for us to rise to ours. Their example helps us to be better than we would otherwise be”, he said.

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key at dawn described Gallipoli as a symbol of the highest ideals of Australians and New Zealanders “especially when they work side by side in the face of adversity”.

Prince Charles stirred emotions by reading extracts from a serviceman’s diary. The diary entry, by Company Quartermaster Sergeant Benjamin Leane, was addressed to his wife and was written hours before the first Gallipoli landing.

The centenary milestone of Anzac Day also drew a Turkish security force of 3700, both police and paramilitary. Attendees entered past six security checkpoints.

A record 120,000 people also attended services at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra to commemorate the centenary.



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February 16, 2015

Welsh historian John Davies dies aged 76

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John Davies, highly regarded Welsh historian, has died at the age of 76. Davies worked closely with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) during his career, often as a commentator on BBC Wales. As well as his work as a broadcaster he was also an author and a teacher at several universities across Wales.

As an author he won the Glyndwr Award, an award that recognizes an outstanding contribution to the arts in Wales, and the Wales Book of the Year in 2010. He won the later award for his work Cymru: Y 100 Lle I’w Gweld Cyn Marw (Wales: 100 Places to See Before Dying). He also wrote A History of Wales, a book regarded, according to the BBC, by many as definitive on Welsh history.

Tributes have been paid to Davies from many people including politicians and broadcasters. Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones said “He’ll be remembered as one of our great historians […] of Wales’ past which he gladly and passionately shared through his teaching, writing and broadcasting.”

Current BBC presenter Huw Edwards said “He had an extraordinary way of sharing his message in an engaging and lively way — in both languages — and that was incontrovertibly proved in his excellent and comprehensive work A History of Wales[…] He was a colourful character and great company.” Another BBC tribute came from Rhodri Talfan Davies, the director of BBC Cymru Wales. He said “He didn’t just bring the story of Wales and its people to life — he did so in technicolor.”

Davies, who lived in Grangetown, Cardiff, would go on to share his knowledge of Welsh history by teaching at both Swansea and Aberystwyth universities. He also held the position of warden at Aberystwyth, monitoring a student residence hall.

He is survived by his wife Janet and four children.


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February 28, 2013

Kremlin aims to create universal wiki-based history schoolbook

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Top Russian officials, headed by President Vladimir Putin, declared an intention to create a unified school textbook on Russian history, primarily by using Wiki technology, along with other measures on “re-thinking of Russian history” while celebrating 400 years of the House of Romanov. This was announced at a Russian Historical Society (RHS) meeting in Moscow Kremlin, where high-ranked statesmen admitted problems with modern Russian historical education and attempted to find a solution.

As was emphasized by the Chief of Staff of the Presidential Administration of Russia, Sergei Ivanov, the problems with excessive multiplicity of school books on history, which differ in their approach, are so serious that sometimes “children simply don’t understand what it’s all about”. He expressed the will for creation of one unified all-new rethought schoolbook and reminded that President Putin recently expressed the same concern in a speech, saying there is need for a book with verified contents, reviewed by experts and written in clear Russian language.

One of the chairmen of the RHS, Sergey Shakhray, prior to the meeting published an article on the Gazeta.ru news website, where he suggested the new book has to be created by scientific society with the help of mass audience “using Wikipedia technology” under government control. He described a possible three-step process of creating the book and reviewing the text by maximum wide-scale Russian scientific community and volunteer participants.

World War I centenary events were also announced including plans to build Russia’s first World War I memorial. Simultaneously, in Moscow Pushkin Museum an exhibition was opened, entitled “Pushkins, who kept company with Tsars”. The story behind it is about relationships of two ancient Russian families: Romanovs and Pushkins, whose famous representative is Alexander Pushkin, considered the greatest Russian poet of all time so far.

Ivanov also urged RHS to play a major role in 400-year House of Romanov celebration events which are due to continue through the year. The jubilee is set after the 1613 year enthronement of Tsar Mikhail Fyodorovich, who became the first Romanov on the throne, and whose reign ended the so-called Time of Troubles. A re-printed edition of a hand-written XVII century book about Mikhail Fyodorovich’s enthronement was presented at the meeting.

Ivanov said Russians must learn their lessons from that period as some of them are still actual. In his words, people must not let any new “Times of Troubles” appear, as such “times” lead to destruction, and the only way to prevent them is people’s unity.

The RHS was created last year and is supposed to be a successor to the Imperial Russian Historical Society founded in 1866 by prominent scientists, statesmen, and military commanders of that time to preserve and organize historical documents. The society was abandoned with the 1917 Russian revolution with its headquarters being vandalized. In the course of year 2012 it was re-established as a scientific and social organization. Its head became Sergey Naryshkin, the speaker of the State Duma, the lower house of the national parliament. Co-founders were the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow State University, Moscow State Institute of International Relations, Kremlin Museum, Imperial Orthodox Palestinian Society, and other bodies.

The Romanovs were enthroned after the Assembly of the Land of Moscow Tsardom gathered in 1613. The Assembly started on January 16 in Dormition Cathedral of Moscow Kremlin, where the land’s nobles gathered to try to solve problmes of the Times of Troubles. On February 21 (Julian; March 3 in Gregorian) the Assembly elected Mikhail Fedorovich Romanov as new Tsar, founding the new royal dynasty. Russia vastly expanded during his governance, attaching territories up to Pacific Ocean shores. Later, with Peter the Great, Russia became the Empire, but in the early twentieth century with the 1917 revolution the monarchy was overturned and Emperor Nicholas II killed. The USSR emerged instead and survived two world wars until it was disassembled in 1991. The modern Russian Federation and several post-Soviet states were created instead. Now there are some Russian and foreign political forces supporting restoration of the Empire; the only legal political body promoting this idea in Russia is the Monarchist Party of the Russian Federation. It is registered and operates in Yekaterinburg city, where Nicholas II with his family were killed by bolsheviks in 1918. The city has a number of memorials dedicated to these events, and is one of the main locations to hold 400-year jubilee ceremonies, which are to be substantially supported by the Russian Orthodox Church.



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January 21, 2013

Famous house in old city of Bremen sold at public auction

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An old house in Bremen, built 1630 and a private museum until a few years ago, was sold at public auction last Wednesday.

The auction started at 10:30 a.m. in room no. 108 of the Amtsgericht Bremen, the local Court of the city. According to German law, the bidder was ready to pay 10 percent of the purchase price immediately. About 30 persons were watching, and the price raised from 119.000 to 206.000 euro in the end.

The building is internationally known as Shipper’s House and was registered as heritage monument in 1973. In the same year, many other houses in Schnoor, the oldest part of the city, became heritage monuments, but this house is largely preserved as it was since 1750 — the year of the last great renovation. Therefore, one can find many old objects from the last 200 years inside.

Historians believe that it was the first hotel in the town, and city guides are telling the story of an old bathhouse. A legend says the bishop of Bremen had visited the house through an underground passage. The exit door is still visible today through the windows from the street. In front of the house there stands an old fountain, and the modern form has numerous historical predecessors. Perhaps here was the point of the origin of Bremen. The idea for the museum came from a previous owner who was officer in the German Navy and bought this house after the First World War in 1919.

The former owner of the house, Wolfgang Loose, has a guestbook with entries from many visitors. Among these were — among some mayors — the German minister for Foreign Affairs Hans-Dietrich Genscher. Loose also managed the Schnoor-Archiv, a small document center constructed in the 20th century, and his wife Annemarie showed the Shipper’s House to groups of tourists in the years around 1980 until 2000. The city of Bremen was not ready to buy the house from Loose because Bremen had the highest Governemnt debt among German federal states. Thus the environmental scientist Frank M. Rauch managed the house from 2005 until 2012 with different usages. Now the citizens of Bremen are looking forward how the new owner will use the house.



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January 17, 2013

Famous house in the old city of Bremen was sold on public auction

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An old house in Bremen, built 1630 and a private museum until a few years ago, was sold on public auction Wednesday, January 16. The auction started at 10:30 a.m. in room no. 108 of the Amtsgericht Bremen, the local Court of the city. According to German law, the bidder was ready to pay 10 percent of the purchase price immediately. About 30 persons were watching, and the price raised from 119.000 to 206.000 euro in the end.

The building is internationally known as Shipper’s House and was registered as heritage monument in 1973. In the same year, many other houses in Schnoor, the oldest part of the city, became heritage monuments, but this house is largely preserved as it was since 1750 — the year of the last great renovation. Therefore, one can find many old objects from the last 200 years inside.

Historians believe that it was the first hotel in the town, and city guides are telling the story of an old bathhouse. A legend says the bishop of Bremen had visited the house through an underground passage. The exit door is still visible today through the windows from the street. In front of the house there stands an old fountain, and the modern form has numerous historical predecessors. Perhaps here was the point of the origin of Bremen. The idea for the museum came from a previous owner who was officer in the German Navy and bought this house after the First World War in 1919.

The former owner of the house, Wolfgang Loose, has a guestbook with entries from many visitors. Among these were — among some mayors — the German minister for Foreign Affairs Hans-Dietrich Genscher. Loose also managed the Schnoor-Archiv, a small document center constructed in the 20th century, and his wife Annemarie showed the Shipper’s House to groups of tourists in the years around 1980 until 2000. The city of Bremen was not ready to buy the house from Loose because Bremen had the highest Governemnt debt among German federal states. Thus the environmental scientist Frank M. Rauch managed the house from 2005 until 2012 with different usages.



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Famous house in the old city of Bremen on public auction

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An old house in Bremen, built 1630 and a private museum until a few years ago, was sold on public auction Wednesday, January 16. The auction started at 10:30 a.m. in room no. 108 of the Amtsgericht Bremen, the local Court of the city. According to German law, the bidder was ready to pay 10 percent of the purchase price immediately. About 30 persons were watching and the price raised from 119.000 to 204.000 euro in the end.

The building is internationally known as Shipper’s House and was registered as heritage monument in 1973. In the same year, many other houses in Schnoor, the oldest part of the city, became heritage monuments, but this house is largely preserved as it was since 1750 — the year of the last great renovation. Therefore, one can find many old objects from the last 200 years inside.

Historians believe that it was the first hotel in the town, and city guides are telling the story of an old bathhouse. A legend says the bishop of Bremen had visited the house through an underground passage. The exit door is still visible today through the windows from the street. In front of the house there stands an old fountain, and the modern form has numerous historical predecessors. Perhaps here was the point of the origin of Bremen. The idea for the museum came from a previous owner who was officer in the German Navy and bought this house after the First World War in 1919.

The former owner of the house, Wolfgang Loose, has a guestbook with entries from many visitors. Among these were — among some mayors — the German minister for Foreign Affairs Hans-Dietrich Genscher. Loose also managed the Schnoor-Archiv, a small document center constructed in the 20th century, and his wife Annemarie showed the Shipper’s House to groups of tourists in the years around 1980 until 2000. The city of Bremen was not ready to buy the house from Loose because Bremen had the highest Governemnt debt among German federal states. Thus the environmental scientist Frank M. Rauch managed the house from 2005 until 2012 with different usages.



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October 21, 2010

Archaeologists uncover Britain\’s earliest known hospital

Archaeologists uncover Britain’s earliest known hospital

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Archaeologists from the University of Winchester in Hampshire, England have discovered what they believe to be the earliest known hospital in the United Kingdom. Burials at the former leprosy hospital in England’s former capital city have been radio carbon dated and are estimated to be from AD 960–1030. Several buildings have been excavated on the site along with the foundations of other structures. Other artifacts were also found on the site.

Prior to this discovery the earliest hospitals in the country were believed to date from the Norman Conquest, which took place in AD 1066. A leading researcher on medieval hospitals, Prof Nicholas Orme, said that the only other evidence for hospital activity prior to 1066 was within the context of monasteries or minsters. The earliest known hospital in England before this discovery was at Harbledown in Canterbury, founded in the 1070’s.

The Winchester dig has been taking place in Hospital Field, the location of the former St. Mary Magdalen Hospital which was believed to have been established in AD 1170. The site has subsequently been used as a prison for Dutch prisoners in the 17th century and during the First World War as an army base.



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