Britain's youngest Euromillions winner reportedly wants to sue the people who run the lottery for ruining her life with her big win. Jane Park, who was only 17 when she won, says the age you can play needs to go up to 18.
Syrian refugee children have been making clothes in factories for British shoppers. The BBC's Panorama investigated and found they had been working on clothes in Turkey for Marks and Spencer and Asos.
Both companies say they do not tolerate the exploitation of refugees or children. Do you care who makes your clothes or is it just about getting the latest styles cheaply?
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In years to come, football fans won’t be looking back at Saturday, 15 October 2016 as the day Chelsea stuck three past the defending champions, Leicester. They won’t be discussing how Bournemouth managed to score six against Hull. No, the story people will be regaling to their grandchildren will be the day thousands of plastic pigs were thrown onto the pitch bringing a halt to the Charlton Athletic Vs Coventry City game.
The supporters for both clubs came together to display their frustration against the two League One teams’ owners. They are both unhappy with the way their clubs are being run and are desperate for a resolution.
So, after a joint protest down the street, they followed it up with an act of defiance. Flying oinkers were launched in the first minute of the game. It made the headlines and rightly so, the footage was spectacular. There’s something special about seeing pink pigs pouring down.
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Charlton and Coventry. Again.
‘Piggate’ wasn’t the first time the two teams have shown their displeasure at their owners. In April, when playing Birmingham City the Southeast London team, brought the game to a halt when throwing hundreds of stress balls onto the pitch.
Meanwhile, when Coventry temporarily moved to Northampton’s Sixfields ground for the 2013/14 season the fans were furious. It came about due to a long-running row over rent between the company in charge of The Rioch and the owners of the club. Fans showed their displeasure by turning up to away games in their thousands but refusing to go to ‘home’ games. Often fans travelled to the game, to protest outside of it and then walk to the nearby Jimmy’s Hill and watch the match from there.Copyright: Getty Images
Anyone for tennis?
Fans of Swiss team FC Basel were furious. Train tickets had been booked, perhaps even time off work had been taken, only for outraged fans to discover their table topping clash against FC Luzern was postponed due to the tennis.
Ironically, Basel fan Roger Federer playing Novak Djokovic was deemed a priority on the TV so the football game was swiftly moved. So in fitting fashion, when the game eventually kicked-off, fans showered the pitch with thousands of tennis balls. Stopping the game for 40 minutes. ‘Love 40’ the Basel fans probably said.Copyright: Getty Images
Take the bull by the horns
You might not have heard of SSV Markranstadt, a little-heard-of club plugging away in the fifth division of the German leagues. But in May 2009, everything changed.
One of the first things to change was the club’s name: they became RB Leipzig, with a new kit, a new crest, and most importantly, a vastly increased transfer budget. The source of this largesse? The energy drinks company Red Bull.
Fast-forward seven years and millions of euros in new players, and RB Leipzig are now in the Bundesliga. But fans of rival clubs are not happy with what they see as rampant commercialisation of their beloved sport – and over the years of RB Leipzig’s ascent, these fans have certainly made their displeasure known.
Early protests included Red Bull adverts being defaced and even weed killer used to destroy the pitch. When RB were in the second division, a ‘No to RB’ movement was started, and over 180 supporter groups and 29 clubs are members.
The club suffers most at away matches. In one infamous match in 2014, Berlin home supporters wore black ponchos and were eerily silent for the first 15 minutes of the game, holding aloft a banner saying ‘In Leipzig, the football culture is dying’. In other matches, whole stands of opposition fans have remained outside the stadium for some of the game, or even refused to attend at all.
Violence has been rare, but the RB bus was once pelted with bottles and the players required police escort to avoid the anger of fans who were spitting and throwing beer cups onto the pitching. The most striking moment in the upheaval came just this year, when Dynamo Dresden fans threw a severed bull’s head at the RB Leipzig contingent – a very visual icon of the fury felt by some at Red Bull’s actions.Copyright: Getty Images
Blackpool on the rocks
The relationship between Blackpool fans and the club's owners (the Oystons) has become somewhat of an unhappy marriage. There have been one or two legal cases (oh ok there may have been more), and chairman Karl Oyston was fined and banned from football activity for six weeks for sending abusive texts to a fan.
Why the hate? The fans believe there hasn’t been enough investment into the club and team. They have made their feelings towards their owners clear in other ways too.
In a game against rivals Burnley (back in April 2014) they launched tennis balls and tangerines onto the pitch – the fruit also happening to be the club's nickname.
They’ve also had numerous protests, including an airplane banner reading ‘Oystons Club killers get out now’ which flew above Bloomfield Road prior to their 4-0 defeat at home to Wigan – which essentially confirmed their relegation to League Two in 2016. Yet perhaps their most memorable protest was on the last day of the season when in the second half of their game against Huddersfield they left the stands for a sit-in demonstration on the pitch’s centre circle.
After an hour without them budging, the game had to be abandoned.
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The clue is in their nickname: The bluebirds. Cardiff City are blue and proud. That is until 2012, when their superstitious new owner Vincent Tan, decided to change the strip from their beloved blue to red. Why? Well the Malaysian businessman stood strong in his belief that it would bring the club good fortune.
He didn’t stop there. The club’s badge saw the bluebird replaced with a dragon. It’s fair to say this did not go down well. Protest after protest came and went. Fans promised to stay away from the ground, banners were held high on marches. And yet the blues sorry, reds marched on.
Tan tried to smooth things over and give free (red) scarfs away to fans, it wasn’t overwhelmingly successful and in the build up to the two year anniversary of this generous gift, fans were planning a Blue Tuesday protest at a home game against Brighton where fans would be encouraged to turn out in their finest blue hues.
Tan retaliated by delivering a Christmas message (yep actually on Christmas Day, 2014) telling the fans, they would be sticking with red. Yet just a few weeks later – and before Blue Tuesday took place, fan power eventually won out, with Tan doing a U-turn and finally reverting back to blue.Copyright: Getty Images
It’s late August 2015, and the height of the refugee crisis in Southern Europe. With tensions high, and opinion polarized on the best way to manage the huge humanitarian and logistical challenge at hand, Germany’s football fans made their opinions clear for all to see.
Supporters from various Bundesliga clubs held up banners that read “Refugees Welcome” at their teams’ matches, with Borussia Dortmund even inviting 220 refugees along to watch the game. But it didn’t stop there. Bayern Munich soon announced it would raise €1 million to help refugees arriving in Europe, and it set up a training camp for the many refugees arriving in the city.
This show of solidarity spread to other countries, with English clubs at all levels from Arsenal to Bacup Borough in the North West Counties League participating in a ‘day of action’.Copyright: Getty Images
Kids at heart
Think fan power only comes into force when people are angry? Well, to finish things off we’ve got a couple of altogether more warming stories for you.
In January 2016, nine-year-old Everton fan George Shaw, was allowed onto the pitch at half-time during Everton’s game against Swansea. The superfan has cerebral palsy but that didn’t stop him getting hold of a ball, seeing the goal mouth in sight so taking aim, firing and scoring at Goodison Park. The fans celebrated as it if was a winning goal. Then just a few weeks later he was awarded the club’s goal of the month award beating Aaron Lennon, Kevin Mirallas and Ross Barkley in the process.
Elsewhere, when it comes to the Football League’s Fan of the Year award you might think it would go to a fan that had spent the previous 50 years following their team through thick and thin. Instead at the 2016 event it went to an eight year old.
Bristol City obsessed Oskar Pycroft found himself was awarded the trophy, yet that wasn’t the only time he’d been able to celebrate. The school boy with cerebral palsy was told that if he was going to be able to walk he'd require surgery in USA. Which would cost £70,000. Fans came together to help raise the funds - including not only the red half of Bristol but their rivals Bristol Rovers too.
Post operation, he was back at Ashton Gate, leading his favourite team out and this time walking.
A great writer once said, "You can get everything you need from a good book."
Ok, we lied - we said it. But still, it's basically true.
Don't take our word for it though. The celebs in this video have run their a-list fingers along the spines in their bookshelves and picked out their absolute top reads for the BBC's Love to Read campaign, which - what do you know? - starts today...
Attitudes to sexuality are changing. With nearly half of 18-24 year-olds identifying as something other than straight, what do these shifts in attitude mean for the categories that were the norm for previous generations?
No better way to instill fear into your opponent than by naming yourself 'Hot Chocolate', right?...
Hmm maybe not, but we were keen to find out why UFC fighter Danny Roberts decided to give himself the rather odd nickname of 'Hot Chocolate'.
London may be the capital city, but MMA talent is born across the country. Check out what these top UFC fighters have to say about their hometowns in a throwback to their roots and heritages...
Excited to be fighting in Manchester, local lad Michael Bisping wasted no time pumping up the crowd ahead of his bout with Dan Henderson tonight.
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'The luckiest man in the world'
It's Liam Payne, according to his Twitter bio.
He's changed it in the last few days sparking wild rumour about babies and Cheryl.
Why? Because his girlfriend Cheryl appeared in a L'Oreal advert with a "fuller face".Copyright: Liam Payne/Twitter
We've checked NHS guidance and "fuller face" is not one of the top five pregnancy symptoms. But fans are speculating about it anyway.
Liam would be the second 1D dad after Louis. We look forward to seeing the pair shopping for bibs and complaining about lack of sleep.
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Ariana Grande seemingly got in a right old mood during an interview on US radio with Ryan Seacrest.
It's all because of this picture, captioned simply "baabyyy" by AG...
Ariana posted it last week and nearly a million fans have liked it.
But she doesn't want to talk about. The man in the pic? It's Malcolm.
Better known as Pittsburgh rapper Mac Miller... her rumoured boyfriend.
Seacrest asked her what sounded like a perfectly reasonable question about the cuddle (on the floor, legs in the air) and its significance.
"Is that what I did? Is that what Instagram means to you now? OK world let's go," she replied. Fans are calling her rude and obnoxious.
Malcolm's saying nothing. So here's a picture of him from Lollapalooza 2016.
Another day, another Kanye-related RANT
Except this time Yeezy's on the receiving end thanks to an outburst from Kid Cudi.
Kanye says he feels "hurt and disrespected" after he was called a "fake" by his fellow rapper.
Cudi promised to "crush" the "clowns".
Speaking to the crowd during a gig Kanye hit back: "Kid Cudi, don't ever mention Ye's name, I birthed you."
Back in 2008 Kanye signed Cudi to his Good music label imprint after hearing his mixtape.
Three years ago Cudi left on pretty bad terms, claiming Kanye had used his vocals on Yeezus without permission.
But the pair recently collaborated on The Life of Pablo, so things had looked good again...
Leicester City's fairytale journey to lifting the Premier League trophy last season was worthy of a Hollywood film.
And with a sensational 3-0 win against Club Brugge in their first ever Champions League game could the Foxes be about to make magic happen again?
We reveal that some products in Tesco's Healthy Living range contain more fat than their Everyday Value range. Could Tesco be cashing in on our desire for low fat food?
This article was first published on Wednesday 14 September 2016
Back from the international break, it's all guns blazing as Claudio, Jose and co get back to battling it out on the football pitch. But what would their post-match comments look like if taken literally?...
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If you’re a Northerner marooned south of the border, or a Southerner stranded north of the M25, you’ll have had your fair share of culture shock.
From fighting over the right word for a bread roll (bap, barm, bun?!), to struggling over public transport etiquette (to speak or not to speak). There’s no shortage of regional griping.
Probs no need to be a mardy bum about it, but we’re not ones to stop a moan-fest. We asked around for people’s biggest North v. South frustrations, irritations and aggravations. Here are a few of our faves:
Southerners on living in the North
Time for tea
“When I first got to uni in Leeds, I made some Northern friends on my course. Was totally chuffed to be invited for tea after a lecture, psyching myself up for a mug of Darjeeling and a slice of viccy sponge. But when I got to their halls, they’d laid on a full-on, slap-up supper. Didn’t have the heart to tell them I had a dinner planned with my parents right after. My weak Southern stomach paid a heavy price that day.”
Cheesy chips and… gravy?
“Went for a night out while visiting a mate in uni and unsurprisingly ended up heading home from the club at 3am, dying for a load of cheesy chips. My usually-trustworthy friend decided to play the gallant host and get us some grub. When he returned, I dug in without a second thought… until I realised something was off: the chips were all weirdly soggy. He’d decided to treat me to a Northern speciality: chips with gravy… gross! Plus, I’m a bloody vegetarian! Never forgave him.”
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"I went for a meeting in Manchester. At rush hour, I had to take the tram. London public transport rules are pretty well documented: no talking to strangers, eye contact, or general happiness encouraged. Standard stuff. As soon as I boarded the Manchester tram for some reason, something very strange happened. It was like being part of an impromptu surprise party or something. People were chatting and laughing... loudly and without any noticeable shame or booze. And we're talking a packed tram. When I got to my station everyone started noticing I was struggling to get off and started trying to have banter with me: "You'll never make it off here son. Way too busy. Just carry on a few more stops with us". You'll be glad to know I fought my way out of that nightmare.”
“The biggest mystery of the North was a mythical food called a Cheese Savoury. Thinking this could be a delicious new culinary find, I finally plucked up the courage to ask a Geordie co-worker what on earth it was. Turns out it’s literally just a cheese and onion sandwich with mayo. Absolutely vile. Remind me again why I moved?”
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“The love for pies always baffled me. I’d head out of the station at 9am in the morning and there’d be a queue stretching out the door of the local pie shop. I just don’t know how you can be that enthusiastic about pies at that time in the morning.”
Northerners on living in the South
Give ‘em a smack
“When I first moved to London, I was chatting with one of my soon-to-be best mates. In the midst of a rant about someone, I casually mentioned that I’d like to "give 'em a smack" – a Northern saying for when you’re annoyed with someone. Found out later my friend thought I was actually going to hit them and was terrified of me for ages after. Oops!”
Not so fashion forward
“The fashions aren’t as interesting in London. I miss the little idiosyncrasies, especially when it comes to what the little scallies are wearing. To an outsider, at a glance, you might think that there’s not much thought gone into it – sportswear. Comfortable. Waterproof. Actually, there’s loads of thought and prep. Makes sense if you spend 90% of your time outside, on bikes, sheltering under shop signs, in the rain. Though there was a period when everyone wore Argyle socks OVER their trackie bottoms…”
Accidental druggieCopyright: Bee Davies
“When I first moved down South, I casually told my flatmate that I was off to get some ‘ket' from the shops. Was really confused about why she was so shocked… until I realised that ‘ket’ only meant ‘sweets’ in the North. Down here it literally just means ketamine… Face, meet palm!”
Slobby geographic snobbery
"Southerners have an embarrassing knowledge of the geography of Britain. It’s a snobbery thing; they think they are better than everyone else! To be honest I wish I could shut them up by jamming chip butties soaked in gravy down their gobs, followed by baps for pudding. Also they call pudding ‘dessert', because they are idiots.”
“Everyone in Newcastle calls cigarettes 'tabs'. So, when I first moved to London, I used to say I was buying tabs. Apparently, people here thought I was on acid...”
Reckon you can relate to any of those? You have our sympathies. But whether you're from the North or South, we can all admit that a good Sunday roast needs Yorkshire puddings and a cream tea isn't the same without Cornish cream.
But before we start celebrating our differences, here's a few more things Northerners know about living in the South...
From being teased by your southern mates for the way you say 'bath' to your family back home mocking you for now sounding 'posh'. If you're a Northerner now living down south you face all sorts of issues...
Volunteers sign up to live the life of a modern day slave for 24 hours.
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Did we come fourth?
Yep, mostly. Britain's athletes reconnected with a rich heritage of coming fourth at the Olympic Games last night.
A pommel horse fail put paid to GB hopes of a medal in the men's team gymnastics event. Louis Smith mistimed his routine and looked absolutely devastated.
Meanwhile the rugby sevens ladies suffered a surprise defeat in the bronze medal match. Most of the squad were in tears at the end which made us all reach for the 'crying profusely' emoji.
Luckily Tom Daley and his partner Dan Goodfellow managed a bronze in the synchronised diving. And Somerset farmer, Ed Ling also stepped onto the podium, winning a bronze in shooting.
*How* much for Mr Pogba?
That'll be £89m, thank you.
Paul Pogba says "the time is right to go back to Old Trafford" after completing his world-record transfer to Manchester United.
The 23-year-old midfielder returns after four years away - he left United for Juventus for £1.5m in 2012.
"This is the right club for me to achieve everything I hope to." He's signed a five-year deal.
What's the Adele news?
After ticking Glastonbury off the to-do list this summer, Adele could now be set to perform at the "greatest show on earth" that is the Super Bowl half-time show.
She'd be joining pop royalty - Michael Jackson, the Rolling Stones and Beyonce have all played the most famous ad break on earth.
An NFL source told The Sun: “There is nobody bigger in the world than Adele right now and organisers are doing absolutely everything they can to try to persuade her to sign up."
Andy George, USA, decided to make a sandwich completely from scratch. This involved growing his own salad for garnish, wheat for bread, and even killing and preparing the chicken.
But is this really a realistic alternative to factory farming?
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On Friday 5th August, 5 years after the fatal shooting of Mark Duggan by police, UK Black Lives Matter called for a nationwide shutdown. We meet the faces behind the London protest.
Gary McFarlane, activist
"I’m a Black Lives Matter activist, and I’ve been marching around London for about 2 or 3 weeks now. I’m very tired but it’s all for an extremely good cause."
Farouk James, Instagram star
"Hands up, don’t shoot"
Kadija George Sesay, literary activist
"My cousin Sheku Bayoh was killed in police custody....when we are separated we are not going to achieve anything, but when we’re together we are going to achieve things."
Vanessa Dos Santos
"I’m Mozambican but I grew up in the States, now I’m living in London and I came here because I wanted to show solidarity for the Black Lives Matter movement. I think it’s important that we come together and organise and talk about the issues of racism."
Yinbo Yu, student at University College London
"I’m here today because we can’t say all lives matter until black lives matter. It is time for me as an international student to raise my voice and support this"
Niall Hamilton, Reading University
“I am a white man but I can see the racism around me and you need to be prepared to be an ally and support the people around you when the state and the government are attacking them."
Wail Qasim, journalist, attended Heathrow airport road blockage
"The people that were locked on at Heathrow have started a movement that I think will eventually lead to black lives mattering here in the UK."