NRA's July 4 gun tweet ages terribly after gunman opens fire at July 4 parade

A provocative tweet from the NRA aged badly in just an hour - after yet another mass shooting marred America's Fourth of July celebrations. The gun-rights organization, that repeatedly lobbies against any significant gun control measures, posted: "The only reason you’re celebrating Independence Day is because citizens were armed. #FourthofJuly."
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Joseph Coelho announced as 12th Children’s Laureate

Performance poet, playwright and children’s author Joseph Coelho said he wants to “highlight and celebrate the power of poetry” after being announced as the new Children’s Laureate. Award-winning Coelho, 42, was presented with the Laureate medal by outgoing Waterstones Children’s Laureate, Dame Cressida Cowell, at a...

Joseph Coelho on hoping to ‘diversify bookshelves’ as 12th Children’s Laureate

Writer Joseph Coelho, who has been announced as the new Children’s Laureate, believes diversity in children’s publishing is improving but there is “still clearly a long way to go”.The performance poet, playwright and children’s author was presented with the Laureate medal by outgoing Waterstones Children’s Laureate, Dame Cressida Cowell, at a ceremony in London.Award-winning Coelho, 42, said that during his tenure, one of his main projects will aim to diversify bookshelves by celebrating new voices, as he wants to give “every young person an opportunity to see themselves as a writer”.Reflecting on the industry after being given the title, he...

'Vampire slaying kit’ including crucifix and holy water sells for almost £17,000 at auction

A mysterious vampire-slaying kit that sparked an international bidding battle has sold for a staggering £16,900 at auction. The creepy find went under the hammer at Hansons Auctioneers on 30 June with an estimated value of £2,000-£3,000. The bids soon reached six times more at £13,000. A private UK buyer finally purchased it for just under £17,000. The set, which belonged to a 19th-century lord, included a matching pair of pistols, brass powder flask, holy water, Gothic Bible, wooden mallet, stake, brass candlesticks, rosary beads and Metropolitan police paperwork from the period.The original owner, Lord Hailey (1872-1969), was a British...

Woman left horrified after Primark bag ‘set on fire’ in the sun

A TikTok user was left stunned after her Primark bag went up in flames because of the sun. Eva Bacchoo was on holiday in Malia, Crete, when the bag set on fire with her AirPods inside. In a viral clip that racked up 1.6 million views, the TikToker showed the singed edges allegedly resulting from the metal button getting too hot. The 21-year-old from Sussex said: “I felt shocked at first but, ultimately, I found it funny how it had set itself on fire."I panicked at first with the AirPods, but they were safe.” Sign up to our free Indy100...

Disabled man had to sell late wife’s Star Wars collection to pay the bills

A disabled man has spoken about having to sell his dead wife’s possessions in order to pay the bills during the rise in the cost of living over recent years. Jason Alcock, who is autistic and has ADHD and bipolar disorder, spoke to the PA news agency about his experiences.The 51-year-old said that he has been forced to sell his late wife’s Star Wars collection and electronic devices to keep his head above water. Mr Alcock's wife Paola died in 2018 after being diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.Sign up to our free Indy100 weekly newsletterMr Alcock, whose disabilities mean he...

Woman smuggles alcohol to her dying Dad to give him his final drink

A daughter's final send-off for her dad has captured the hearts of TikTok users across the globe. In a viral clip that's garnered almost two million views, Pennelope (@penface) and her family share one final rum and coke with her terminally ill dad. "One last drink with dad before his spirit returned to the universe. Until we cross paths again, old man. I love you," Pennelope wrote about the sentimental moment.

New giant waterlily and ‘botanical wonder of the world’ discovered in Kew

A giant waterlily held in Kew’s Botanic Gardens for 177 years has been revealed as a species new to science and “one of the botanical wonders of the world”. The famous giant waterlily, genus Victoria, was named after Queen Victoria in 1852, and was believed to include two different species. But scientists have confirmed the massive plant in Kew is a third type.

The Chinese embassy in Ireland is trolling the UK government over Northern Ireland Protocol

The Chinese embassy in Ireland has trolled the UK government on Brexit and the Northern Ireland Protocol in particular.On the 25th anniversary of the handover of the former British colony of Hong Kong to China, Boris Johnson tweeted: "25 years ago we made a promise to the people of Hong Kong. We are determined to keep it."Johnson also criticised China in a video accompanying the tweet where he said "Beijing has been failing to comply with its obligations."Sign up to our free Indy100 weekly newsletter One of those being to respect the terms of the "One Country, Two Systems" arrangement...

What is Keir Starmer's five-point plan to tackle Brexit?

Brexit looks set to jump back into the news agenda this evening when Sir Keir Starmer lays out his plans to “make Brexit work”.Because nothing reassures the public that politicians have Brexit under control than one party pledging to “get Brexit done” and then another promising to “make Brexit work”.Even Jacob Rees-Mogg, the minister for Brexit opportunities, is struggling. In a speech given to the Evaluation Task Force back in March – with the transcript only published last week - he only mentioned the B-word once, and that was when he described his job role.According to The Financial Times, Sir...