Sunday 20 January 2019

Flash flooding warnings for UK

Parts of the UK are bracing themselves for flash flooding after forecasters predicted heavy rain and thunderstorms in the wake of the heatwave.

The Environment Agency and Met Office have warned of localised flooding in London, the South East and eastern England, saying up to 40mm of rain could fall in the space of a few hours.

Hail storms are also expected as the weather makes an abrupt U-turn following the hottest day of the year so far yesterday.

New Tricks stars slam censorship

The stars of BBC police drama New Tricks have criticised television "censorship" -- saying that the broadcaster is "terrified" of causing offence.

An eighth series of the BBC1 show, featuring Amanda Redman, Alun Armstrong, Dennis Waterman and James Bolam as police brought out of retirement to work in the Met's Unsolved Crime and Open Case squad, has just been filmed.

Armstrong, who plays 'oddball' Brian Lane, said: "We tend to come up against the BBC mainly when there are edicts and memos and script changes, which we never get to discuss."

Singer Keys to produce play

Alicia Keys is following Jay-Z and Will Smith into the world of Broadway producers.

Keys, whose hits include Fallin' and A Woman's Worth, will help produce Lydia R Diamond's play Stick Fly this autumn.

The work is a contemporary comedy of manners revolving around an affluent black family whose insecurities gradually reveal themselves during a vacation to Martha's Vineyard.

Man paddled for 300 miles

A Maui man has completed the first-ever 300-mile crossing from the Big Island to Kauai aboard a stand-up paddleboard.

Bart de Zwart arrived at Kalapaki Beach on Kauai in the Hawaiian archipelago. He spent five days and nights on a 14-foot paddleboard.

He told the Garden Island that paddling was easy but being alone, eating and sleeping were difficult. The trip required more than 215,000 paddle-strokes.

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