US author tweets that London is ‘all Islamic’, gets immediately shut down


LONDON — As we learned from Donald Trump’s replies that time he tweeted about Brexit, British people have a limited tolerance for Americans spreading misinformation about life in the UK.

This time around, American author Janie Johnson was in Twitter’s firing line.

Johnson’s website describes her as “An American Citizen”. She previously wrote a book called Don’t Take My Lemonade Stand — an attack on the US political system which, according to the promo image below, comes with “special sections to help you teach your kids common sense Conservative values”. Read more…

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Airbnb relents, will limit how long people can rent out properties in two major cities


Faced with pressure from cities around the world, Airbnb is cracking down on hosts who don’t seem to live in the properties they rent. 

The company will limit the number of nights a host in London or Amsterdam can rent a property through its short-term rental site. To rent a home for more than 90 days in London or 60 days in Amsterdam, hosts will need to apply for a license. 

The automatic cap applies to listings for entire homes, not to rooms in an otherwise in-use house or apartment. The number of nights a year a home is rented and the number of entire home listings in a city are two of the numbers that most concern affordable housing advocates opposed to Airbnb.  Read more…

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25 striking wildlife photos that show nature at its most tranquil and brutal


LONDON — The winners of the Natural History Museum’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition have already been declared, but now you can have your say, too. 

You have until Jan. 10, 2017 to cast your online vote for the Museum’s annual People’s Choice Award.

Members of the public are encouraged to choose their favourite from 25 images, which have been shortlisted from nearly 50,000 worldwide submissions.

Here are this year’s breathtaking contenders: 

“Confusion” by Rudi Hulshof, South Africa

Image: Rudi hulshof / Wildlife Photographer of the Year Read more…

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Heir to Sex Pistols memorabilia has burned $6 million in archival treasure


We get it, Joe Corré. You’re very punk. 

Son of designer Vivienne Westwood and Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren, Corré spent Saturday doing something so anti-punk that arguably, it’s punk again.

He reportedly burned £5 million ($6.24 million) in memorabilia on the river Thames, London.

And you guessed it; not everyone on social media was impressed with the statement-making exercise that marked the 40th anniversary of “Anarchy in the U.K.“ 

From accusations of privileged wastefulness to criticism of the environmental damage such a stunt might cause, critics thought the whole thing very foolish.  Read more…

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