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Newspin: Balancing the News (UK)

News for Dec 05, 2022

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Prince Harry dresses as Spider-Man for charity -- BBC News (UK)

The Duke of Sussex appeared in a video dressed as Spider-Man for a children's charity; He lifted his mask to reveal his identity at the end of a specially recorded message

Outline: (what is this?) prince harry dresses

Tone: (what is this?) + positive

Discussion: (what is this?) ++ Harry, -- Meghan, - Kate


Ngozi Fulani: Dialogue held over Buckingham Palace remarks, BBC told -- BBC News (UK)

Dialogue held with charity boss over Buckingham Palace race incident

Outline:  charity boss ngozi fulani

Tone:  ± mixed

Discussion:  -- BBC, + Paul Fulani, - Buckingham Palace


Royal family unflustered about Sussexes on Netflix as there are no bombshells to reveal -- The Telegraph

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have persuaded their closest friends and family to spill the beans on camera. But the Royal family has little to fear from the dramatic Netflix documentary, their allies believe. repots

Outline:  royal family

Tone:  ± mixed

Discussion:  - Harry, -- Meghan, ? Oprah

Who needs to 'step up' to keep kids safe online? -- BBC News (UK)

If it isnt working, change it, fix it, do it better Actress Kate Winslet says more should be done to help families with the cost of living after she donated to a woman struggling with energy bills

Outline:  kate winslet

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ++ Spain, -- Kate, ? EU


Kate Winslet on why she paid family's 17,000 energy bill -- BBC News (UK)

Carolynne Hunter's daughter Freya, 13, has severe cerebral palsy and relies on oxygen; She was warned by Clackmannanshire Council that her energy bill could hit the high sum next year

Outline:  special circumstances kate winslet

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ++ Kate, ? BBC, ? Afganistan


A 17,000 donation was made to a GoFundMe page from the actress, marked Kate Winslet and family -- ITV News

Outline:  kate winslet

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ? UK, ? Twitter, ? Gavin

Currys drops Royal Mail due to strike action -- BBC News (UK)

Currys stops using Royal Mail due to strikes

Outline:  days royal mail workers

Tone:  ± mixed

Discussion:  + Royal Mail, ++ RM, ? Amazon


How will you be affected by pre-Christmas strikes? -- BBC News (UK)

Health workers in Northern Ireland have yet to receive a pay offer for 2022-23; Public sector workers have had no or minimal pay increases over the past decade

Outline:  pre - christmas strikes

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? NHS, ? BBC, ? EU


Teachers' strikes force blanket closures in five areas -- BBC News (UK)

Fife Council's secondaries will be closed to all students on Thursday; East Ayrshire, East Dunbartonshire, Midlothian and Scottish Borders have confirmed closures

Outline:  fife council

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ++ Bitcoin, ++ Twitter, ? Covid

St Edward's Crown leaves Tower of London ahead of Coronation -- BBC News (UK)

St Edward's Crown has been removed from the Tower of London to be resized for the King ahead of the Coronation; The historic centrepiece of the Crown Jewels was taken away to allow for its modification before the ceremony on 6 May

Outline:  coronation the st edward

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ++ US, -- Charles, ? Thailand


Baby christened in UK's 'first Lego baptism' -- BBC News (UK)

Two-month-old Oliver was christened in a font made from Lego blocks; The baptism took place at All Saints Church in Okehampton, Devon

Outline:  first lego baptism

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  + Lego, ? Iran, ? Edsheeran

Kathy Burke: Im so glad I didnt kill myself during menopause -- The Guardian

Burke, 58, has survived a string of serious physical health scares during her career; She reveals that her more recent struggles with mental health may have been the hardest to conquer

Outline:  menopause burke

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ++ Kathy, ? Homes Under the Hammer


Exeter nightclub closes after girl, 16, dies taking tablet -- BBC News (UK)

Nightclub closes over girl's tablet death

Outline:  exeter nightclub closes

Tone:  ± mixed

Discussion:  ? U.K., ? twitter, ? Opie

Animal rebellion activists removed from steakhouse -- BBC News (UK)

Animal Rebellion protesters entered Nusr-Er steakhouse in Knightsbridge at about 18:00 GMT; Group said it was calling for a plant-based food system and mass rewilding

Outline:  animal rebellion protesters

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? UK, ? McDonald’s, ? Trespass


Watch: Waitresses at Salt Bae's restaurant physically remove Animal Rebellion protestors -- The Telegraph

Animal Rebellion protesters say staff from Salt Bae's Knightsbridge steak restaurant physically removed demonstrators 'tougher than police would do it'

Outline:  knightsbridge steak restaurant

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ? Edwina Izzard, ? LONDON, ? Knightsbridge

The female coding engineers deleting the myth that tech is for men -- BBC News (UK)

Latest ONS figures show women make up 31% of staff in the wider technology industry; But for software developers, web design professionals and data analysts, the proportion is far lower at just 18

Outline:  technology staff

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  -- BBC, ? Margaret Hamilton, ? Simon Baron-Cohen

Tory chairmans NHS strikes help Putin claim dismissed as ludicrous -- The Guardian

Striking UK workers playing into Putins hands, says Zahawi

Outline:  tory chairmans nhs strikes

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  + Putin, - Tory, - Tories

Cutting energy prices will take years, power boss says -- BBC News (UK)

Francesco Starace says it will take years to get energy prices back to pre-Ukraine war levels; Italian energy giant sells power to more than 70 million homes and businesses in 30 countries

Outline:  energy prices

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ? Ukraine, ? Putin, ? Europe


Half of Scots cutting back spending, study finds -- BBC News (UK)

Citizens Advice Scotland said people have been left worried and anxious by the soaring cost of living; A YouGov poll found 48% of respondents have cut back on spending because of energy costs

Outline:  household spending

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? Tony Blair, ? Tories, ? SNP

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