Spectacular artworks that get washed away

Artist Andres Amador explains how his skill at creating stunning beach designs with a rake has enthralled audiences across the world.

35 year old who lives in 1946

Ben Sansum is 35. But he lives in 1946. His clothes, his house, the music he listens to - all come from an era before he was even born. BBC News went to meet Ben at home in Cambridgeshire, UK.

"There’s a not a whole lot to do at this centre for evacuees in Gaza so cameraman Steve gives the kids some media training."
 - Maria Byrne, Gaza

Israeli air strikes on Gaza and rocket fire on Israel have continued as Israel’s operation against Palestinian militants entered its seventh day.
Palestinian officials say 172 people in Gaza have been killed since the offensive began last Tuesday.
Israel says nearly 1,000 rockets have been fired from Gaza in that time. It said it shot down a Palestinian drone near Ashdod on Monday morning.
Some 800 Palestinians holding dual citizenship began leaving Gaza via Israel’s Erez Crossing.
However, Gaza resident Sawla el Tibi told the BBC it was too dangerous to leave her home. “[There is] no safety at all to walk on the street… all of Gaza Strip is burning right now,” she said.

"There’s a not a whole lot to do at this centre for evacuees in Gaza so cameraman Steve gives the kids some media training."

 - Maria Byrne, Gaza

Israeli air strikes on Gaza and rocket fire on Israel have continued as Israel’s operation against Palestinian militants entered its seventh day.

Palestinian officials say 172 people in Gaza have been killed since the offensive began last Tuesday.

Israel says nearly 1,000 rockets have been fired from Gaza in that time. It said it shot down a Palestinian drone near Ashdod on Monday morning.

Some 800 Palestinians holding dual citizenship began leaving Gaza via Israel’s Erez Crossing.

However, Gaza resident Sawla el Tibi told the BBC it was too dangerous to leave her home. “[There is] no safety at all to walk on the street… all of Gaza Strip is burning right now,” she said.

(Source: BBC)

franzstrasser:

No matter what happens today the fans of this World Cup have been spectacular. An honor to meet so many of you and tell your amazing stories. #bbcrealfans #bbcworldcup

Find all of Franz’s World Cup real fans stories here. 

franzstrasser:

No matter what happens today the fans of this World Cup have been spectacular. An honor to meet so many of you and tell your amazing stories. #bbcrealfans #bbcworldcup

Find all of Franz’s World Cup real fans stories here

The BBC’s Kat Werner sends these photos of happy Germany fans watching the final of the World Cup in Heidelberg, Germany

thoughtshrapnel:

Eagle shot wins drone photography competition | BBC News)
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We met a few times and emailed a lot. He seemed convinced that women hated him but he could never tell me why.

It seemed like he would perceive cruelness or hatefulness when in fact, I suspected, he was just being ignored.

I remember giving him an assignment once so he could try to establish some kind of dynamic with a woman.

I told him, “When you see a woman next time you’re on campus and you like her hair or sunglasses, just pay her a compliment.”

I told him, “It’s a freebie, something in passing, you’re not trying to make conversation. Keep walking, don’t make any long eye contact, just give the free compliment.” The idea being you might make a friend if you make someone feel good.

I said to Elliot, “In the next few weeks - if you see them they’ll likely give you a smile - and you can smile back and eventually turn this into chit-chat.”

I got in touch with him a few weeks later and asked if he did it. He said “no”. And when asked why not, he said “Why do I have to compliment them? Why don’t they compliment me?”

At that stage, I realised he was very troubled.

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Dale Launer

How I tried to help Elliot Rodger

A hero’s welcome, slipping in quietly, pelted with toffees: How countries welcomed their football teams home.

coma-na-copa:

Here’s me looking a tad nervous before my interview with BBC World News presenter Julia. Was trying to focus on getting all of the pronunciations for the different dishes right.
The interview took place on the roof of their studios in Copacabana, just above the fan fest, luckily there wasn’t a game going on!
It was a really fun experience and I enjoyed sharing some of my dishes with the team.

Thanks Kate! Here’s another story about food at the World Cup.

coma-na-copa:

Here’s me looking a tad nervous before my interview with BBC World News presenter Julia. Was trying to focus on getting all of the pronunciations for the different dishes right.

The interview took place on the roof of their studios in Copacabana, just above the fan fest, luckily there wasn’t a game going on!

It was a really fun experience and I enjoyed sharing some of my dishes with the team.

Thanks Kate! Here’s another story about food at the World Cup.

"Everyone is giving up at Alzirao and going home," BBC’s Elizabeth Davies’ tweets after Germany goes up 5-0 against Brazil in the semifinal game.

"Everyone is giving up at Alzirao and going home," BBC’s Elizabeth Davies’ tweets after Germany goes up 5-0 against Brazil in the semifinal game.