Could this be Britain’s cheapest supermarket?

Warren Fyfe

Nathaniel Richards fell on hard times in 2011 and had to turn to food banks. When he heard that supermarket suppliers were throwing away food that was still safe to eat he decided to do something. He set up Nifties in Dover in 2016, where the average price of an item is just 60p. Produced [...]

How did a 13-year-old boy become a murderer?

Warren Fyfe

When he was 13 years old, Jeremiah Hill killed a man. Although Hill was a child at the time, the nature of his crime meant it was dealt with by an adult court in Florida. He pleaded guilty to murder. How did someone so young become a killer? Jeremiah Hill’s story is featured in American [...]

Richard Nixon’s historic visit to Communist China

Warren Fyfe

Richard Nixon’s 1972 visit to Communist China to meet Chairman Mao was a “geopolitical earthquake” according to former US diplomat Winston Lord, who attended the meeting between the two leaders. It ended several decades of wary relations between the US and China that had seen the two countries spar in the Korean and Vietnam wars. [...]

The mystery of the murder in the Lucky Holiday Hotel

Warren Fyfe

Five years ago, China’s most charismatic politician, Bo Xilai, was toppled from power. His disgrace allowed his great rival, Xi Jinping, to dominate the political stage in a way unseen in China since the days of Chairman Mao. All this was made possible – writes BBC China editor Carrie Gracie – by the murder of [...]

The most fashionable Englishwoman in Paris

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Hampshire Archives Image caption Mary Clarke Mohl by Hilary Bonham Carter It was the place to be in 19th Century Paris – the city’s most successful political and literary salon, where the great and good of French society would gather. And it was run by a remarkable Englishwoman. For 250 years Paris was [...]

Why it’s hard to be a Kevin in France

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A movie star, oui… But still a Kevin What happens when you have a name that seems perfectly reasonable in your home country, but raises a sympathetic smile when you’re abroad? BBC Europe Correspondent Kevin Connolly has been finding out the hard way. There is a theory called nominative [...]

‘Rules of conduct’ for tourists in historic Dutch towns

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright De Zaanse Schans Image caption The charming streets of the Zaanse Schans and nearby towns attract busloads of tourists Tourists visiting photogenic old towns near Amsterdam are being given guides on good conduct to try to make life easier for locals, it’s reported. The communities, known collectively as Old Holland for their windmills [...]

Romania dictionary altered to thwart exam cheats

Warren Fyfe

Image caption The spike in searches for certain words is thought to be down to students using their smartphones during the exam The administrators of an online Romanian dictionary have altered the definitions of some words over suspicions that students were using the tool to cheat in mock exams. On Monday, Grade 8 students in [...]