Around the World In 78 Days!

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 20 September 2017 > In the News

Jules Verne imagined travelling around the world in 80 days. Scottish cyclist Mark Beaumont did better, cycling around the world 78 days, 14 hours and 28 minutes! When Beaumont set off from Paris on 2 July, 80 days seemed a hefty challenge. The Guinness World Record for circumnavigating the world by bicycle was 123 days, … Continue reading “Around the World In 78 Days!”

2017 Hurricane Season is Exceptionally Severe

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 08 September 2017 > In the News

After the terrible flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey, Irma is now being classed as the second strongest Atlantic hurricane in history. Both hurricanes are reached category 5, the maximum strength. This is the first time since records began more than 150 years ago that two category 5 hurricanes have hit in the same season. And … Continue reading “2017 Hurricane Season is Exceptionally Severe”

Diana: 20 Years On

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 30 August 2017 > In the News

In both her life and her death, Diana, Princess of Wales, had a very special place in the British public’s hearts. Twenty years after the tragic car accident which killed her in Paris at the age of just 36, her two sons, and her admirers, are looking back on her legacy. Diana’s death on 31 … Continue reading “Diana: 20 Years On”

Win a Trip to Roman London

Posted by Speakeasy News > Monday 14 August 2017 > In the News

Win a trip to London to discover the city’s Roman past. The City of London, the “Square Mile” which is the oldest part of the city, dates from AD50 when the Roman invaders founded Londinium, which they built into the country’s largest city. For almost 400 years, it was a hub of Roman culture and … Continue reading “Win a Trip to Roman London”

A Summer of Fish ’n’ Chips on ARTE

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 21 July 2017 > In the News

Every summer, ARTE announces a new theme for six weeks of special programming. This year, until 20th August, ARTE’s “Summer of Fish ’n’ Chips” is celebrating six decades of British pop culture with plenty of movies, documentaries et concerts. The Summer of Fish ’n’ Chips is full of great concert recordings from PJ Harvey, Blur, … Continue reading “A Summer of Fish ’n’ Chips on ARTE”

Doctor She

Posted by Speakeasy News > Thursday 20 July 2017 > In the News

It was the British equivalent of making an announcement during the halftime break in the U.S. Superbowl game. Immediately after the 2017 Wimbledon men’s final the BBC revealed what the entire U.K. seemed to have been waiting for… that the next actor to portray the lead in sci-fi series Dr Who would be… a woman! … Continue reading “Doctor She”

Around the World in 80 Days

Posted by Speakeasy News > Tuesday 04 July 2017 > In the News

As many British cyclists set off on the 2017 Tour de France, Mark Beaumont set off on a much longer cycling challenge. He is trying to cycle around the world in 80 days, in homage to Jules Verne’s classic adventure novel. To qualify for the Guinness World Record for cycling around the world, Beaumont needs … Continue reading “Around the World in 80 Days”

Big Ben Under Repair

Posted by Speakeasy News > Tuesday 18 July 2017 > In the News

Big Ben symbolises London and is an iconic part of the British capital’s skyline. But from 2017 to 2020, Big Ben will look and sound very different, because it needs major repairs. The tower, clock and Big Ben bell have given more than 150 years faithful service, including continuing to ring the quarter hours and … Continue reading “Big Ben Under Repair”

Guardians of the Tower

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For many centuries, the Tower of London has been guarded by ravens. They are never allowed to leave the grounds of the Tower. According to legend: if the ravens leave, the Crown and the Tower will fall. But things are changing… Ravens have been in the Tower since it was built by William the Conqueror … Continue reading “Guardians of the Tower”