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16 June 2021updated 30 Aug 2021 11:53am

This England: Disappointing divas

This column – which, though named after a line in Shakespeare’s Richard II, refers to the whole of Britain – has run in the NS since 1934.

By New Statesman

A man was left stunned after a neighbour left a note on his car threatening to report him to the council over his “awful” singing following a party. Toby Cutner, 27, found the angry message attached to his windscreen the morning after he hosted a small gathering. The HR adviser, his partner and two friends had spent the evening having a few drinks and singing along to Alexandra Burke, Cher and Lady Gaga songs. Toby said he was surprised by the reaction as their small garden party was not particularly rowdy and was wrapped up by 11pm.
Birmingham Mail (Daragh Brady)

Drive on by

A group of travellers were accused of “disrespecting” the Royal Family after parking up at Windsor Castle. The travellers, who similar to other minority groups are protected under the Equality Act, are thought to have been removed by police officers on the grounds that no parking is allowed on the site. Prince Andrew, who has come under scrutiny over his friendship with the late sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, was photographed driving past the group.
Metro (Jenny Woodhouse)

Full steam ahead

A strongman will attempt to pull a steam train to raise money for charity. Jason Brown became a strongman for his daughter, Leila, who suffers from cystic fibrosis. He said: “It was a once in a lifetime opportunity to pull a steam train. You can’t really prepare as no one has a train that you can practise with.” 
The Argus (Godfrey Holmes)

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This article appears in the 16 Jun 2021 issue of the New Statesman, The Cold Web