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St Helena: Flights to remote Atlantic island begin at last

The first scheduled commercial airline service to the remote British island of St Helena in the south Atlantic is to land shortly. A plane from South Africa is expected to touch down in the new airport, ending the island’s reliance on a ship once every three weeks. It is hoped the service, funded by the UK, will boost tourism and help make St Helena more self-sufficient. But British media have dubbed it “the most useless airport in the world”. Built with £285m ($ 380m) of funding from the UK Department…

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Beck: My last album won Kanye over

“Hello, it’s Beck..,” drawls a Southern Californian voice down the phone from a hotel room somewhere in leafy Kent. Having shaken off the LA jetlag that threatened to ruin a joyous secret gig near London Bridge on Sunday night, the 47-year-old is on fine form ahead of his appearance on Later… with Jools and happy to look back and laugh about Kanye West interrupting his Grammy award acceptance speech. The rapper famously stormed the stage in 2015 after Beck’s last record, Morning Phase, pipped Beyonce’s self-titled compilation to best album,…

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi Hints At Answers The Force Awakens Didn’t Deliver

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Star Wars: The Force Awakens was a major blockbuster last year, but the film ultimately raised more questions than it answered. We don’t yet know why Luke’s Jedi academy was destroyed, why he later went into self-imposed, exile on Ahch-To, why his nephew Kylo Ren fell to the Dark Side, why Han and Leia were estranged, or the history of the new Emperor stand-in, Supreme Leader Snoke. A new trailer for Episode VIII dropped last…

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The Last Jedi trailer: Four big questions we want the answers to

The first full trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi does its job brilliantly – it teases galaxy-rattling plot lines while leaving you unsure about whether what you think will happen is what is actually going to happen. On top of that, there are the “oohs” of spectacular battle scenes combined with the “ahhs” of some new cute fluffy creatures. We also see Carrie Fisher in some of her final shots as General Leia, filmed before her death last Christmas. Above all, it raises some big questions about what might…

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Airbnb paid £188,000 in UK tax last year

Airbnb, the accommodation website, paid less than £200,000 in UK corporation tax last year despite collecting £657m of rental payments for property owners. The commissions the company earns in the UK are booked by its Irish subsidiary, but it also has two UK subsidiaries. One unit made a pre-tax profit, but the other did not incur UK corporation tax because deductions resulted in a loss. Airbnb said in a statement: “We follow the rules and pay all the tax we owe.” One of the British subsidiaries, Airbnb Payments UK, handles…

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'I am the last person thinking about that' – Gordon Strachan insists now is not the time to talk about Scotland future

Gordon Strachan insists he is not thinking about his future Sunday, October 8, 2017 Scotland manager Gordon Strachan insists now is not the time to talk about his future. The Tartan Army fell agonisingly short in their quest to make it to the World Cup qualifying play-offs after their 2-2 draw against Slovenia. Strachan appeared certain to leave his position midway through the campaign, but a strong finish has raised the possibility of him staying on in the role. “At this moment, I am the last person thinking about that,”…

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Last Rockstar gives glimpse into Michael Hutchence's private world 20 years after his death

On the eve of the 20th anniversary of the death of rock star Michael Hutchence, the late INXS frontman remains a complicated and contradictory character for those who knew him best. While Hutchence often referred to his band mates as his “brothers”, he had been trying to get out of the band for years, his sister Tina Hutchence said. Play VideoDon’t Play Up Next Trailer: Flatliners Play VideoDon’t Play Video duration 02:42 More Trailers Videos Previous slideNext slide Promo: Michael Hutchence: The Last Rockstar A documentary examining the life of rock icon Michael Hutchence. Vision…

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