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The rise of ‘facadism’ in London

London blogger The Gentle Author has been photographing the changing face of London, focusing on what is known as “facadism”, the practice of destroying everything apart from the front wall and constructing a new building behind it. Here, we present a few pictures from the series and the story...

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Algorithms helping patients on ventilators at London hospitals

Imperial College London and the Royal Brompton Hospital have found a way to make ventilators more precise for individual intensive care patients. The trial involves a monitor next to a patient’s bed that will collect data showing their breathing patterns and lung capacity. Doctors and nurses will use the...

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How pianos became part of the furniture at UK railway stations

Image copyright Phil Coomes The sound of someone tinkling the ivories has become commonplace at UK railway stations. But who plays them, what is their appeal and how did the trend take hold? Every Monday and Friday, Denis Robinson, 92, makes the 30-minute trip from his home in Sutton,...

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Worcester Park fire: Flats ‘still at risk from missing or useless fire stops’

Image copyright London Fire Brigade Image caption A four-storey block of flats was destroyed in September’s fire on the Hamptons estate Residents on two housing estates where blocks of flats burned down have been left at risk because of fire stopping measures in buildings being “missing or useless”, the...

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Extinction Rebellion: Celebrity backers admit ‘hypocrisy’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Hundreds defied the protest ban to gather in Trafalgar Square Celebrity Extinction Rebellion supporters have admitted in an open letter being “hypocrites” over their high-carbon lifestyles. But stars including Benedict Cumberbatch, who last week joined London protests, called for “systemic change” to the...

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‘Our kids are feared’: Knife crime’s impact on one London borough

The borough of Haringey in north London has one of the highest rates of knife crime in the capital. The BBC’s Clive Myrie hears from community members – including teachers, a retired policewoman, a bus driver and a social worker – about their experiences and perceptions of knife crime....

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