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The BBC's first television weather man, George Cowling, in 1954

An ill wind for the Met Office?

The Big Question: The BBC is considering dropping the Met Office as its official weather forecaster.

Inside This Britain

A member of the the Street Pastor team handing out 'spikeys' - anti-drink spiking devices - while on patrol in Derby city centre

A night on the town: Vomit, violence and God

Sunday, 17 January 2010

A Slice of Britain: Derby is the latest town to witness the arrival of Street Pastors, a group of Christians who volunteer to spend their Friday and Saturday evenings bringing succour to the drunk and the wounded.

Minor British Institutions: Darts

Saturday, 16 January 2010

Like many minor British institutions, this one used to be a lot bigger. Within living memory, almost every public house in Britain offered a darts board, with the design – doubles, trebles, bullseye and so on – and construction (of sisal) being more or less standard by the end of the 19th century.

British donations for Haiti already top £2m

Friday, 15 January 2010

Britons have donated more than £2 million to help earthquake-stricken Haiti in the space of just 36 hours, it was announced today.

Women and children queue for fruit and vegetables from a London greengrocer, 1945. Fruit and vegetables were not rationed in Britain during the Second World War, but some, like bananas, oranges and onions, were either unobtainable or in short supply

How UK lived on rations

Friday, 15 January 2010

Terry Chapman: 70 years ago this week it was announced that food was to be controlled for the good of the war effort. How did the public react?

The explosive secret of Britain's mines

Friday, 15 January 2010

Deep beneath the hills of North Wales lies a deadly reminder of the region's industrial past

Try, try again works for Robert the Bruce – 130 years late

Thursday, 14 January 2010

A statue of the proud Scottish King is finally put up after over a century's delay

The world's oldest dog put down

Thursday, 14 January 2010

The world's oldest dog died today after developing stomach cancer, his owners said.

A woman war worker adjusting the tracks on a tank

60 years on, the Women of Steel are honoured

Wednesday, 13 January 2010

Jonathan Brown: Female workers who kept Sheffield mills working in Second World War were invited to 10 Downing Street

Soha Sheikh at her home in Middlesex

Many faces behind the veil

Wednesday, 13 January 2010

A symbol of female subjugation? These women believe Islamic headwear is a liberating way of expressing identities.

A handbag held by Colombian film and television actress Paula Garces, attending NBC Universal's Press Tour Cocktail Party at Langham Hotel on January 10, 2010 in Pasadena, California

Why handbag contents are getting lighter

Wednesday, 13 January 2010

The average weight of the contents of a handbag has fallen by more than half, research revealed today.

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