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Torchwood star John Barrowman in high speed crash

Torchwood star John Barrowman in high speed crash

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Actor John Barrowman escaped serious injury in a 80mph crash while filming a segment for TV show Fifth Gear in Powys, Wales. One of the show’s presenters, Tiff Needell, was in the passenger seat at the time of the accident.

Barrowman, whose character in the BBC series Torchwood is unable to die, lost control of the Subaru before plunging down an embankment. The car flipped four times before coming to a rest, narrowly avoiding landing in a lake.

Paramedics at the scene managed to pull the two stars out of the car, having to remove glass from Barrowman’s eye and later taking him to hospital.

Three years ago, Richard Hammond, presenter of rival show Top Gear, was involved in a 288mph crash while filming a piece for the show.



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Report from Royal International Air Tattoo 2009

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Report from Royal International Air Tattoo 2009

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Sunday, July 19, 2009 The Royal International Air Tattoo is the largest military air show in the world. It is held every year on the third weekend of July at RAF Fairford base in Wiltshire, UK. This year it attracted in excess of 160,000 visitors.

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The weather can best be described as changeable; with the majority of the day dominated by short squalls and storms, interjected with brief spells of sunshine. This meant many of the planned displays were cancelled, including the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and many of ongoing displays were cut short.

The first aeroplane due to show, the RAF C-17 Globemaster was unable to display, having been called out to Afghanistan earlier in the week. It was seen transiting overhead during the day returning from Afghanistan.

The following is a photo story, with many of the main attractions during the day. Click on the images to enlarge them.

The Vulcan and B-52 provided an evocative picture for all

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Redcar, UK steelworkers march to save their jobs

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Redcar, UK steelworkers march to save their jobs

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Corus steelworkers in Redcar, , England marched yesterday for a campaign to save their jobs, after the closure of Redcar’s steelworks was announced in May 2009.

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Approximately 5,000 people, including employees of Redcar’s steelworks, other Corus steelworks, Teesport and the local chemical industry, partook in the march, and the Australian Workers’ Union also expressed their support.

Trade unions called on the government to help the plant. Roy Rickhuss, Community’s National Officer for Steel, said that “we need help, we need support from the government if the manufacturing base in this country is going to survive”. He also said that “the government has helped the bowler hats, now it’s time to help the hard hats”. Derek Simpson, of Unite the Union, was concerned that “the loss of the Corus plant will rip the heart out of this community”. Community also warned that the job losses would increase child poverty rates in Teesside.

Vera Baird speaking at the march
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Vera Baird QC MP, Labour Member of Parliament for Redcar and Solicitor General, expressed hope that Corus at Redcar would regain its main contract. She claimed that “the government is 100% behind, and has played a key role in encouraging these negotiations to resume”.

A spokesperson for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills said that “the difficulties that the company is facing are caused by an extreme downturn in demand for steel around the world”. The government has offered £5 million (€5.8 million, $8.2 million) to retrain the workers.

10,000 jobs could be lost in Teesside from the closure of Redcar steelworks. 1,920 people are directly employed by Corus in Redcar, with a further 2,000 contractors being employed, and other local businesses relying on Corus’ business.


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British Formula Two driver Henry Surtees dies after race accident

British Formula Two driver Henry Surtees dies after race accident

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Henry Surtees pushes out his Formula Renault car before a race last year

A spokesperson for the Royal London Hospital has confirmed that British racing driver Henry Surtees has died following an accident at the Brands Hatch circuit earlier today. He was eighteen.

Surtees was competing in the Formula Two championship when Jack Clarke’s car spun off the track and into barriers ahead of him. A wheel and tyre detatched from Clarke’s car and bounced across the track, striking Surtees on the head.

Surtees was apparently knocked unconscious as the car continued straight on at the next corner and struck the barriers at speed with no attempt to brake. After the car came to a standstill one of the rear wheels continued to spin as the car remained accelerating; there was no further movement due to massive damage from the barrier impact.

Surtees driving in a Formula Renault qualifying session

Surtees had only recently joined F2 at the start of the current season, having previously driven in the Formula Renault competition. Yesterday at Brands Hatch he celebrated his first podium in the series, earning third place.

Son of John Surtees, a race driver who has held the 1964 Formula One championship and won the motorcycle world championships several times, Henry started off racing go carts and moved on to cars in 2006, competing in a junior championship.

He went on to compete in the 2007 Formula BMW UK season, where he placed seventh overall. In that year he also contested in a limited number of Formula Renault races. In 2008 he was 12th in the Formula Renault championship but had better success in the Formula Renault Winter Series, where he had three podium finishes including one victory from four races. That year he also raced in the last races of the Formula Three season, where he earned another race win.

Both his father John and mother Jane were watching the race in which their son was killed.



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