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Americanisms: 50 of your most noted examples 20 July 2011Last updated at 02:30 The Magazine's recent piece on Americanisms entering the language in the UK prompted thousands of you to e-mail examples. Some are useful, while some seem truly unnecessary, argued Matthew Engel in the article. Here are 50 of the most e-mailed. 1. When people ask for something, I often hear: "Can I get a..." Bank holidays and British Summer Time : Directgov - Employment Contents The next bank holiday in England and Wales is 25 December Christmas Day Upcoming bank holidays in England and Wales If a bank holiday is on a weekend, a ‘substitute’ weekday becomes a bank holiday, normally the following Monday. Your employer doesn’t have to give you paid leave on bank or public holidays. Bank holidays might affect how and when your benefits are paid.

Sligo woman jailed for 28 days over coughing in garda’s face A Sligo woman has been jailed for 28 days for coughing in the face of a garda. Rachel Conway appeared before Judge Kevin Kilrane at a special sitting of Carrick-on-Shannon District Court on Wednesday after she coughed directly into the face of an officer on patrol in Sligo at 3.15pm on Tuesday. Conway, a mother-of-three from Rusheen Ard, Caltragh, Sligo, faced two counts, one of section 2 assault of Community Garda Martha Carter and one relating to her refusal to give her name and address. The court heard how Garda Carter was on bike patrol when a report came in that a group of people were drinking at the new footbridge, Riverside in the town. Garda Carter found three females and one male drinking in the area. She said Conway was “disruptive from the start”, asking the garda what the problem was.

Riots caused by society or lazy, thieving pricks, say experts Hang the DJ Sociologists said the devastation across the capital was the direct result of either social exclusion and government cutbacks or some young, inner-city pricks finding a flimsy excuse to set fire to Carpetright. As the city’s often neglected underclass of dicks, twats and fuckers, let out a desperate cry of opportunist theft, Waterstones in Clapham was only spared after staff hurriedly removed the Stars of the Jeremy Kyle Show Pop-Up Book from the window. Dr Tom Logan said: “I’m a sociologist, which means three things – I have an appalling education, I have very little money and most of the time I am unbelievably bored. “And yet I have only a fairly small inclination to set fire to some shops while refreshing my tracksuit collection.

Chapter One: 'The Boy Who Lived' DanielDaniel Radcliffe reads the first chapter of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone/Sorcerer’s Stone, as part of Harry Potter At Home. Look out for more special video readings in the upcoming weeks. Daniel will be the first of many exciting contributors to help us read through the first Harry Potter book, as he introduces the Dursleys, who don’t like anything mysterious. Leicester City Council 'not ready' for zombie attack 10 June 2011Last updated at 08:51 The FOI request said "councils across the kingdom" should be prepared for a potential zombie attack A worried member of the public has forced Leicester City Council to admit it is unprepared for a zombie invasion. The authority received a Freedom of Information request which said provisions to deal with an attack, often seen in horror films, were poor. The "concerned citizen" said the possibility of such an event was one that councils should be aware of.

How to explore the British Museum from home When we first opened our doors in 1759, we proudly declared ourselves a place for ‘all studious and curious persons’. It’s a mission we’re still dedicated to – even if you can’t visit us in person yet. With that in mind, we’d like to share the many ways in which you can explore our galleries and the collection online. So, here are 11 ways for you to stay curious, keep learning, and experience over two million years of human history – all without stepping out your front door. 1. Virtual Museum tours with Google Street View

The end of the line: Michael Wolf's photographs of the Tokyo rush hour will make every commuter shudder - Features, Art Ah, rush hour. Photographer Michael Wolf spent 30 days in a Tokyo metro station, capturing the traumatised faces of commuters on their way to work. Their woeful expressions have now been immortalised in Wolf's photographic series, "Tokyo Compression".

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