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News for Mar 18, 2023

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Passport delay warning as five-week strike called -- BBC News (UK)

Passport office workers to strike for five weeks over pay dispute

Outline: (what is this?) passport office workers

Tone: (what is this?) ± mixed

Discussion: (what is this?) + UK, ++ Andy, -- England

Essex Police chief says officers are leaving for scaffolding and restaurant jobs -- BBC News (UK)

Ben-Julian Harrington spoke at passing out parade in Chelmsford on Friday; He said 300 colleagues had asked for permission to work second jobs

Outline:  essex police

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  -- Essex, ? London, ? uk

Teachers' strikes in England paused for talks -- BBC News (UK)

Teaching unions and government to hold talks over pay with no further strike dates in England announced for at least two weeks

Outline:  talks teaching unions

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ? Tories, ? Johnson, ? Lee

The Great British Bake Off: Alison Hammond replaces Matt Lucas as co-host -- BBC News (UK)

Alison Hammond will replace Matt Lucas as co-host of The Great British Bake Off; The This Morning presenter will join Noel Fielding on the show's next series

Outline:  great british bake off

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ++ Alison, ++ BBC, ++ Matt

Alison Hammond replaces Matt Lucas as co-host on The Great British Bake Off -- BBC News (UK)

Alison Hammond will replace Matt Lucas as co-host of The Great British Bake Off; The This Morning presenter will join Noel Fielding on the show's next series

Outline:  great british bake off alison hammond

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  - BBC, ++ GBBO, ++ Alison Hammond

Alison Hammond confirmed as the new Great British Bake Off co-host -- ITV News

Outline:  alison hammond

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? Matt Lucas, ? Noel Fielding, ? BBC

Lance Reddick, star of The Wire and John Wick, dies aged 60 -- BBC News (UK)

Actor Lance Reddick dies of natural causes in Los Angeles home, his publicist says; Reddick was also known for starring as Charon in the John Wick action-thriller movie franchise

Outline:  lance reddick

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ++ Lance, ++ Fringe, ++ The Wire

Lance Reddick, star of The Wire and John Wick, dies aged 60 -- The Guardian

Reddick had been recently doing interviews for his role in John Wick: Chapter 4, released next week; His representative confirmed that he died of natural causes at his home in Los Angeles

Outline:  lance reddick

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ? The Wire, ? Bosch, ? Baltimore

Tories pressured BBC over Johnsons claim Starmer failed to prosecute Jimmy Savile -- The Guardian

Party asked corporation not to say accusation was ‘false’ relating to time when Labour leader was DPP; The allegation made by Johnson in February last year prompted fury, including from within his own party

Outline:  johnsons claim starmer

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  - Starmer, -- Savile, - Tory

Tory MP Steve Brine being investigated over lobbying claims -- BBC News (UK)

Senior Tory MP Steve Brine is being investigated over claims he lobbied NHS; Remedium Partners wanted to supply the NHS with anaesthetists during the Covid pandemic

Outline:  claims senior tory mp steve brine

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ++ Tory, ? Bitcoin

The Apprentice viewers accuse series of bullying candidates in nasty interviews episode -- The Independent

The Apprentice finale airs on BBC One at 9pm on Thursday (23 March) One former fan said: ‘This is the last time I watch The Apprentice’s final five candidates receive a grilling; Viewers have complained that this year's edition of the show was far too harsh

Outline:  baroness karren brady

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  -- Brady, ? The Apprentice, ++ Baroness

Royal Mail referred to Ofcom over late letter deliveries -- BBC News (UK)

Royal Mail must deliver letters to all parts of the UK, six days a week; If it fails to do this, it can be fined by communications regulator Ofcom

Outline:  royal mail policy

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  - Royal Mail, -- UK, ? BBC

Government signs 2.9m Moon base nuclear power deal with Rolls-Royce -- BBC News (UK)

Rolls-Royce scientists and engineers to research how nuclear power could be used to support future Moon base

Outline:  future moon base rolls

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? Tories, ? UK, ? US P-51 Mustang

'The BBC has lost its place as the national broadcaster' -- The Telegraph

Exclusive poll finds 91pc of 10,000 Telegraph readers back abolishing levy, with many claiming it is regressive and out of date

Outline:  bbc bias

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ++ Telegraph, ++ BBC, ? Tories

Ann Summers boss Jacqueline Gold dies aged 62 -- BBC News (UK)

Jacqueline Gold died on Thursday evening after seven years of treatment for breast cancer; Ms Gold expanded Ann Summers from four backstreet shops to a multi-million pound business

Outline:  ann summers boss jacqueline gold

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  -- breast cancer, ++ Ann Summers, ± Jacqueline

Davina McCall to host midlife alternative to Love Island -- ITV News

Outline:  davina mccall

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ? Island, ? Sheridan Smith, ? Davina Mccall

The caff is one of Britains cultural treasures but if we dont eat in them, theyll disappear | Isaac Rangaswami -- The Guardian

It’s easy to forget that Britain used to be full of ornate restaurants such as caffs; Some are ornate, some are laminate-clad safe havens

Outline:  takeaway cups

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ++ London, ? The Regency, ? Layer Cake

Nobody has ever been astonished by an apple sorry Czanne, but still lifes are dull as hell -- The Guardian

Outline:  pears

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  + Guardian, ? Cézanne, ? Isaac Newton

Snoop Dogg touches down in Scotland to the sound of bagpipes -- BBC News (UK)

Outline:  hip hop legend snoop dogg

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ++ Snoop, ? Timberlands, ? Bagpipes

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