0 Have your say Bingo lover and TV football fan Lois Burton celebrated her 100th birthday on Saturday with a party for 40 relatives and friends. Lois is following in the footsteps of an elder sister, Ivy Carter, by becoming a centenarian.Sadly, Ivy passed away a couple of years ago but not until she was nudging close to her 104th birthday.Two of Lois’s brothers lived into their nineties.Lois was born in Gosberton, the sixth of Samuel and Clara Gosling’s eight children, and attended the village school until she was 14, spending her early working life in agriculture on her father’s smallholding.She married Les Short and had a son Malcolm but divorced during the war and moved to Boston, working in a canning factory.Lois later married Frank Burton, and the couple settled in Gosberton, and had three children, Bridget, Robert and Gary – sadly Frank passed away in 1982 and Gary passed away in 1987.Following her second marriage, Lois continued working on the … [Read more...] about Gosberton’s grand old lady Lois celebrates her 100th birthday in style
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Alice Weidel and Alexander Gauland. Photo: DPA The far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) gathers Saturday for a special meeting looking for ways to make the most of the political impasse that has left Chancellor Angela Merkel hamstrung. Around 600 delegates will assemble in the northern city of Hanover for the two-day event, with pro-refugee protests and police on hand. The AfD won nearly 13 percent in September's general election, taking almost 100 seats in parliament on an anti-immigration and anti-Muslim platform. Its main rallying cry was "Merkel must go" following her decision to let in more than one million asylum seekers since 2015. The AfD has relished the chancellor's woes since the poll left her without a clear ruling majority and now tied up in protracted coalition talks. However the AfD has growing problems, with a power struggle emerging between hardliners and more moderate forces in the four-year-old party which could spill over at the weekend meeting. The … [Read more...] about AfD meet for party congress trying to capitalize on Merkel’s woes
FOLLOWING the global economic crash of 2008, the conservative movement in American politics splintered – giving birth to the Tea Party.Here’s a breakdown of what GOP means and what the Tea Party stands for.This stands for The Grand Old Party which is the Republican Party’s nickname.Founded in 1854, the party was given the monitor in the 1880s – which is a little strange considering the organisation was around 30-years-old at time.The party’s first President was Abraham Lincoln who was in the White House from 1861 till 1865 when he was assassinated while attending the theatre.Started in 2009, following Barack Obama’s inauguration, this wide-ranging political movement advocates traditional conservative policies such as smaller government, reduced state spending and lower taxes.Despite its name, the movement is not a political party although it has had a big impact on the Republican party– and has even been credited with paving the way for … [Read more...] about What does GOP mean and what does the Tea Party refer to?
PRINCESS Charlotte has walked and spoke in public for the first time -- running towards balloons and yelling "pop".The Royal tot was taking part in her first official joint engagement with older brother and future King Prince George.A children's garden party at Government House in Victoria, Canada welcomed the adorable pair as guests of honour on Thursday.They played with the children of Canadian military families on the grounds of the estate -- the traditional home of the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia.The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge told of how happy they were about the chance for little George, three, and Charlotte, one, to play with other kids.The family were pictured entering the party hand-in-hand, with George wearing his classic shorts, shirt and jumper combo while Charlotte wore a sky blue dress with royal blue cardy.She ran off as soon as mum Kate set her down, making a beeline straight for the balloons that lined the marquee.At the end of the … [Read more...] about Princess Charlotte plays with balloons and toddles alongside Kate and Wills saying ‘pop’ at a children’s party on Canada tour
PRINCESS Charlotte proved to be a dead-ringer for her great-grandma The Queen on her first public outing in Canada yesterday.The young royal was the star of the show as she patted a fluffy white dog, hugged a rabbit and played with balloons alongside brother Prince George. But it was her resemblance to the Monarch, 90, that had onlookers talking.Images of Queen Elizabeth as a fellow tot in 1928 showed just how strongly her genes have stayed with the younger generations of the Windsors.And looks are not all that have been passed down.The youngsters showed they have inherited their great-grandma's love of animals at the farmyard-themed party in Canada.Prince George rode a miniature pony while Charlotte - walking and talking in public for the first time - patted a fluffy white dog at the garden bash.The Queen is renowned for her love of horses and loyal corgi dogs.Later, sixteen-month-old Charlotte showed she was full of life by running towards balloons and … [Read more...] about Princess Charlotte proves a spitting image for a young Queen Elizabeth leaving onlookers speechless at Canadian party
IT’S hardly the Stella performance that you’d expect from one of the world’s top models.But it seems Stella Maxwell couldn’t help falling out of her dress and exposing a nipple before a London Fashion Week bash.The Victoria’s Secret Angel, 25, was soon back on track at plush nightspot Lou Lou’s.She was seen partying with catwalk pals Bella Hadid, 19, and 22-year-old Winnie Harlow — who was recently revealed to be dating F1 ace Lewis Hamilton.Beauty Winnie put girls before her guy as she stepped out in a skintight little black dress, which showed off her enviable figure.The scooped neckline revealed her gym-honed arms while its skimpy hem, which rose high up the thigh, made sure her slender legs were on full display.She scraped her hair back and kept her make-up fuss-free as she headed inside the bash held at swanky club LouLous.Winnie, 22, strode through the streets of the capital flanked by trendy pop princess Foxes and actress Sereyah … [Read more...] about Victoria’s Secret Angel Stella Maxwell suffered embarrassing nip-slip as she partied with model pals Bella Hadid and Winnie Harlow… who left rumoured man Lewis Hamilton at home
AS American voters decide whether Republican Donald Trump or Democrat Hillary Clinton will become the 45th President of the United States – we’re going to take a look at the differences between the two main parties.The Republican party, also known as the Grand Old Party (GOP), is driven by a more conservative or ‘right wing’ ideology and favours smaller government and tax cuts for all.While the Democratic party is more progressive or ‘left wing’ meaning it advocates larger government and higher taxes for higher earners.However, many of the parties’ key policies relate to the unique cultural fabric of America itself.The ‘right to keep and bear Arms’ is the 2nd Amendment of the US constitution – a document which established the country’s national government in 1787.This is by far the most controversial part of the constitution with the Republicans strongly opposing any form of gun control.However, the Democrats, while … [Read more...] about Republicans vs Democrats – what are the differences between the two parties and what are their main policies
When Donald Trump was dominating media coverage and riding high in the polls last year the phenomenon was dubbed the "Summer of Trump" with the expectation that, like all summers, this one would eventually fade and give way to fall. But the equinox never came. Instead, half a year and more than a dozen primaries later, Trump is not only still dominating global headlines, but is now ensconced as the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. What makes Trump's seemingly unstoppable rise particularly intriguing is the fact that it was orchestrated explicitly against the very party whose nomination he was seeking. From day one Trump's behavior and lack of decorum made his disdain for the Grand Old Party clear. Using the party The Republican establishment's alarm bells finally rang when Trump publicly threatened to run as an independent should he not get the party's nomination. At least from that point on, it should have been evident to everyone, that Trump had little interest in … [Read more...] about Will Trump wreck the Republican Party?
Many of us know the dilemma: We should really lose some weight, but that piece of cake just looks too good. We should really quit smoking this time around, but only after finishing this last pack. We should really do our tax returns before the extension expires tonight, but first we have to watch the end of the rental movie that's due tomorrow. If you can relate to these or similar predicaments then you know what the Republican Party is going through at the moment after two stinging losses in the last presidential elections. It's painful to admit failure and it's even more difficult to change one's behavior. White vote alone won't work This might explain Mitt Romney's post-election remark about how Barack Obama won because he handed out "gifts" to key Democratic constituents. The fact is that Obama carried all but one of the major voter segments - women, Hispanics, African-American, young people, Catholics. The only key constituency that went for Romney was whites, which wasn't … [Read more...] about The Republican Party: Desperately seeking voters
The 10-day early music festival saw performances of the first German ever opera libretto as well as world premieres of avant-garde music. Nigel North, Hopkinson Smith and Paul O’Dette -- the best lutenists in the world -- played music by the greatest lute player and composer of all time: John Dowland. The three lutenist stars sparked intimate musical moments in Berlin's grand Konzerthaus. They transposed the audience back to the days of the 17th century through John Dowland's lute works. The works were originally written for French and English courts and convey the melancholy that was so fashionable in music at the time, with "Pavane" being one of Dowland's 17th century hits. Musical revolution The 17th century witnessed a major revolution in music. It was a period when Italian composers dominated the musical world. Famous German composers like Heinrich Schütz traveled across the Alps to study with Claudio Monteverdi and his contemporaries in Venice and Rome. … [Read more...] about Four- Hundred-Year-Old Music on Today’s Music Charts