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Everywhere around us are echoes of the past. Those echoes define the boundaries of states and countries, how we pray and how we fight. They determine what money we spend and how we earn it at work, what language we speak and how we raise our children. From Wondery, host Patrick Wyman, PhD (“Fall Of Rome”) helps us understand our world and how it got to be the way it is.
 
The world is so much more than what we know, and only through understanding it better can we make informed decisions. This podcast aims to bring impactful, entertaining and insightful conversations from a global array of guests. Some famous, some you won’t have heard of. From famous explorers, to renowned scientists and just good people, all have a story to tell which we can take something from. Topics are wide ranging, with a backbone centred on conservation, including hunting, fishing, exp ...
 
Explore the British countryside and delve into the big rural issues with the team at BBC Countryfile Magazine. Follow us on walks into beautiful places and meet fascinating people. Please subscribe! To find out more about the British countryside, visit www.countryfile.com Subscribe to the print version of BBC Countryfile Magazine at https://www.buysubscriptions.com/print/bbc-countryfile-magazine-subscription
 
Meet the Farmers highlights the realities of running a farm in the UK. The episodes each profile a different farm, looking at the enterprises and interviewing the people who work on them.It’s about highlighting the realities of farming life, the good times and the bad, as well as farmers’ hopes and fears for the future.
 
An affectionate meandering through the things that make England the way she is – from HP Sauce to the Allottment, Aethelstan to the politics of Queuing. With Luke Baxter, Roifield Brown, David Crowther and Fiona Powell trying to make some sense of it all, though rarely succeeding it might be said. And when you’ve listened, join us on Facebook, vote, and tell us what you think.
 
Living Adventurously, with Alastair Humphreys, is the story of ordinary people choosing to live extraordinary lives. Alastair interviews artists and chefs, students and pensioners, athletes and travellers. He wants to discover what living adventurously means to different people, what universal obstacles stand in the way, and how each of these people took the first step to overcome them and begin their own fascinating journeys.
 
"IELTS Speaking for Success" is a podcast where a native English speaker answers IELTS speaking test questions. Every Monday and Thursday Maria and Rory come together to discuss latest IELTS Speaking topics, go over useful vocabulary, grammar, and provide model answers and vocabulary to help you on your way to improving your general spoken English as well as achieving a higher band in your exam, all while having fun! Our website: https://successwithielts.com Premium Podcast: https://successw ...
 
This is the interview series that looks at the little steps taken and ordinary things done to make ordinary people extraordinary. Hosts Udhara de Silva, Tanya Warnakulasuriya and Vanessa Fernandez have fascinating conversations with artists, adventurers, thought leaders, entrepreneurs, misfits and rebels to show that there's something to learn from every journey.
 
Answerable Questions with Questionable Answers is a lovely little podcast exploring the meaningful and the meaningless. We all have questions in life whether they are big, small, practical or just plain ridiculous. And we all have a go at answering them usually through the prism of our own experiences or the experiences of others. Join Broadcaster Marcus Speller, journalist Sarah Ann Harris and former UN Spokesperson and current trainee ordinand Chris Gaul for a refreshing and entertaining c ...
 
Follow author Nick Corble as he sets about walking an ambitious new route slicing through the heart of England at a 45 degree angle to find out what makes England tick. Listen as he plans and researches the route, and then as he sets about walking it, and get behind the scenes of the writing of a new travel book. Of interest to walkers, writers and travellers - whether actual or armchair. Take Nick up on his offer to 'Walk With Me', either virtually using any of the social media channels he ...
 
Ever wondered what happens when you fill a cello with bees? Or how robins have successfully colonised the outer-reaches of our universe? Or why the world is destined to be populated purely by female turtles? This podcast celebrates nature and the stories of those who care deeply for it. Join artist, actor and Woodland Trust ambassador David Oakes, for a series of informal, relaxed conversations with artists, scientists, creatives and environmentalists as they celebrate the beauty of the natu ...
 
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Slovakians will not be allowed to go to work or make a trip to the countryside unless they have recently tested negative for Covid-19. The rule comes into effect next week, with Bratislava hoping to ramp up testing by then. The plan is broken down into two phases. The first, which begins on Monday and will last for a week, will see Slovakians flock…
 
Farmers are being urged to have their say as walkers turn footpaths into quagmires due to coronavirus lockdown restrictions. We speak to a farmer forced to watch as his wheat crop was damaged by hundreds of walkers straying across his field. Natural England is asking farmers to help revise the Countryside Code as it tries to encourage people to act…
 
You may have seen her farm featured on TV’s “Shark Tank” where she made a successful pitch to one of the “Sharks” to invest in her operation. Learn how this farmer turned a small farm in northeast Missouri into an enterprise shipping premium quality meats throughout the nation and employing other farmers in the process. See omnystudio.com/listener …
 
These four poems were written in the late 1970s/early 1980s and are variously about the "other side" of countryside. Includes Stubble Fires which became part of the narration for my BBC Radio 4 play 'Overspill,' 1993. I 've purposefully left this recording rough and ready because it is, after all, live. A transcript of the poems is included.…
 
The last pitched battles on English soil were Sedgemoor in 1685 and Preston in 1715. But after that the army still needed to train and practice. The first land on Salisbury Plain was not bought for army training until 1897 and Catterick Camp was opened after the outbreak of WW1. So from 1853 when there was a renewed invasion scare, to 1914, there w…
 
Join the Countryfile Magazine plodcast team as we celebrate how the natural world has helped us – and you – through 2020. Plus, we reveal the podcast highlights of the year and what to look forward to in 2021. So pour yourself a warming drink, find a comfy armchair and enjoy a gentle chat and ramble through rural Britain. See acast.com/privacy for …
 
What's the weather like in your country? Does the weather affect your mood? Does rain ever affect transportation in your hometown? Tune in and have a great day! - IELTS Speaking for Success PREMIUM: http://successwithielts.com/premium Transcript: https://bit.ly/3nMH4Uo Find an IELTS Speaking Partner: https://links.successwithielts.com/ieltspartner …
 
Hundreds of migrants from Honduras have clashed with Guatemala’s stick-wielding soldiers after a large caravan breached the country’s border en route to the US. Video from the scene shows migrants desperately attempting to push through a thick formation of soldiers blocking a road near the village of Vado Hondo in eastern Guatemala. A large group m…
 
Bharat Biotech, an Indian pharmaceutical firm whose Covid-19 vaccine is being used in a nationwide immunization drive, has promised to fork over cash to those who suffer serious side effects from the drug. Biotech’s Covaxin is one of two jabs that have received emergency approval in India. Covishield, a jab based on the AstraZeneca/Oxford formula, …
 
Tehran has urged the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) not to publicize “unnecessary” details about its nuclear program after France, Germany and the UK claimed Iran has “no credible civilian use” for metallic uranium. Iran's nuclear agency lashed out at the IAEA on Sunday, urging it to abstain from causing “misunderstanding” around the cou…
 
Survivors of Ireland’s infamous mother-and-baby homes have accused the government of failing to properly investigate vaccine trials that they unwittingly participated in as infants. The Irish government formally apologized on Wednesday for the now-defunct institutions, noting “an appalling level of infant mortality” at the 18 homes. During their 76…
 
At the Battle of Cannae, 2 August, 216 B.C., Carthaginian general Hannibal Barca administered one of Rome's most crushing military defeats. Depending upon the ancient source, Roman losses on the Apulian battlefield numbered anywhere from roughly 50,000, as Livy relates, to around 70,000, as Polybius insists. Hannibal had enacted a double envelopmen…
 
Dozens of health workers in Delhi who were the first in line to be inoculated against Covid-19 have experienced side effects from the jab, with one admitted to the ICU, as India begins its nationwide immunization drive. At least 51 healthcare workers in India’s capital suffered minor adverse reactions after receiving the jab on Saturday. Health aut…
 
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has called for Covid-19 restrictions for those who have been vaccinated to be relaxed, saying they should get their rights back, as well as business owners who can reopen to serve them. In an interview with German tabloid Bild on Sunday, Maas proposed allowing vaccinated Germans to go back to normal, arguing that …
 
Two female judges have been gunned down by unidentified assailants in Kabul, the latest in a string of attacks that have rocked Afghanistan’s capital amid peace talks with the Taliban. The women were ambushed and killed as they were driving to work at the supreme court, a spokesman for the court told the media. The driver of the vehicle was wounded…
 
German police have taken into custody a Slovenian man who refused to wear a mask at Frankfurt Airport and threatened to kill everybody, thus prompting an evacuation of parts of the building and a train station’s closure. Frankfurt Airport’s Terminal 1, along with its adjacent train station, was shut down on Saturday evening amid a large-scale polic…
 
Some 10,000 people marched through the center of the Austrian capital Vienna on Saturday to protest against restrictions aimed at stopping the spread of Covid-19, and to demand the resignation of Chancellor Sebastian Kurz. Coronavirus skeptics took to the streets as Kurz and his government discussed the possibility of extending the ongoing third lo…
 
Parts of Frankfurt Airport were evacuated and closed off to the public as police conducted an operation, apparently triggered by an abandoned piece of luggage. Two suspects have reportedly been arrested. Frankfurt Airport’s Terminal 1, along with its attached regional train station, was closed on Saturday evening, as the airport’s police service la…
 
Germany’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) has elected a new chairman, picking centrist politician Armin Laschet, the premier of Germany's most populous state North Rhine-Westphalia, as its new leader. The first-ever digital election was held by CDU on Saturday, with Laschet defeating his main contender, hardliner conservative Friedrich Merz, in a …
 
At least 13 Israelis have experienced facial paralysis after being administered the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine, a month after the US Food and Drug Administration reported similar issues but said they weren’t linked to the jab. Israel has been hailed for its speedy and efficient mass inoculation program, which has vaccinated a staggering 20 percent of …
 
Chinese city of Nangong has completed construction of a massive 1,500-room observation ward in just 5 days after a local outbreak of coronavirus was detected. Some 5,000 more rooms are expected to be completed next week. The large isolation center was built on the grounds of a factory outside the city, in the north-eastern Chinese province of Hebei…
 
Tokyo is considering fines and even prison terms for coronavirus-infected individuals who refuse to be hospitalized and cooperate with the authorities. The move comes as the country faces a major spike in Covid-19 cases. The new penalties proposed by PM Yoshihide Suga’s administration were discussed at a meeting with the Health, Labor and Welfare M…
 
The identity of the initial case of Covid-19, the so-called ‘patient zero,’ might remain a mystery forever, the WHO said, as it called on nations to step up cooperation and information sharing in an effort to beat the disease. “We need to be very careful about the use of the phrase ‘patient zero’ which many people indicate as the first initial case…
 
Washington has imposed a new round of sanctions on Cuba’s Interior Ministry, also blacklisting the agency’s head over his alleged role in “human rights abuses.” Havana condemned the move as “coercive” and “illegitimate.” The US Treasury Department announced the new penalties on Friday, claiming the ministry and its chief, Alvarez Casas, “have direc…
 
Europeans must carry certificates proving they’ve been vaccinated against Covid-19 to travel, EC president Ursula von der Leyen told Portuguese media - likely shocking Europeans who’d never heard of such a rule. Von der Leyen sprung the idea of a “mutually recognized vaccination certificate” as a “medical requirement” for travel on Thursday in the …
 
President Donald Trump’s policy in the Middle East delivered “clear results” and Joe Biden shouldn’t change it, the US ex-envoy to the anti-terrorist coalition operating in Syria and Iraq argued in the pages of Foreign Affairs. Trump opted to abandon the “transformational campaigns” pursued by the Bush and Obama administrations in favor of “working…
 
The US is blacklisting six Hong Kong officials, including police chiefs, who it blames for a Beijing-led crackdown on demonstrators under the national security law, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday. Police in Hong Kong arrested 53 people on January 5 in the largest action against protesters since June, after the introduction of the …
 
The iconic National Mall in Washington, DC will be closed to the public for a week for President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration, the National Park Service (NPS) said, amid security concerns in the wake of the Capitol attack. Vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians will be banned from all memorials, attractions and facilities in the area between the Wash…
 
The German memorial at former Nazi concentration camp Buchenwald had to issue a bizarre warning, telling people to respect the dead, as some apparently went for sled rides over the mass graves. In a statement on its website, the Buchenwald and Mittelbau-Dora Memorials Foundation cautioned that “cases of disturbances to the peace of the dead due to …
 
Six EU governments have written to the bloc’s executive to call for action as deliveries of Covid-19 vaccines made by Pfizer/BioNTech are being delayed, while supply issues have also been reported in Canada. The health ministers of Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia called on the EU Commission to ensure the “stability and tran…
 
Uganda’s main challenger to the presidency, Bobi Wine, has claimed that the country’s military has besieged his home, as votes are still being counted from Thursday's poll in an election already marred by controversy. “We are under siege. The military has jumped over the fence and has now taken control of our home,” Bobi Wine, the popstar-turned-pr…
 
US tech and health behemoths have joined forces to roll out yet another Covid-19 vaccination passport, dangling a return to international travel but raising more questions about the future of privacy. Along with healthcare nonprofit Mayo Clinic, health and tech companies including Microsoft, Salesforce, and Oracle have united to form the Vaccinatio…
 
President Erdogan said he hopes the Biden administration will move to resolve tensions between Ankara and Washington over the purchase of a Russian missile system. The US halted delivery of F-35s to Turkey in response to the deal. “We don’t know what the Biden administration will say at this stage [about the S-400s],” Erdogan said on Friday, while …
 
Emails related to the vaccine evaluation process were leaked following a December hacking attack on the EMA, the European drug regulator, the agency said, adding that data was “manipulated” to undermine trust in the vaccines. A batch of “unlawfully accessed” documents obtained by hackers that has since been posted online includes “internal/confiden…
 
The chairman of a Chinese vaccine producer has said that its jabs provide protection against Covid-19 for at least six months, but the firm will continue to monitor trial participants to see how much longer immunity lasts. “From the data we obtained, there is no problem for half a year [of Covid immunity],” Yang Xiaoming, chairman of state-owned Si…
 
Tourist traffic to Thailand has plummeted during the Covid-19 pandemic. Now the kingdom is introducing a visitor tax to help pay Covid-19 costs and is being urged to legalize gambling to stop its spread in underground Every visitor to Thailand will soon have to pay a new $10 tourism tax and the measure will come into force once they formalize the p…
 
The French Health Minister has given a further damning assessment of the nation’s inoculation program against Covid-19, noting that, at best, only four million people will be offered a vaccine before the end of February. Speaking on Friday, Health Minister Olivier Veran told reporters that French vaccination figures are no longer being eclipsed by …
 
Tehran has kicked off its latest war game deep in the Iranian desert, showcasing the country’s surface-to-air missiles and cutting-edge drone technology. On Friday, reports and videos emerged from Iran showing the nation’s latest display of military strength. The war games are the first phase of a drill by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ (IR…
 
Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban has said the country could lift Covid-19 restrictions by summer once the Chinese-made vaccine is cleared for use. Hungarian officials have complained that the EU vaccine rollout is too slow. “If we keep up with procurement of vaccines in Brussels, we will be able to lift restrictions in the end of summer, or in…
 
At least 13 people have died in Norway due to side effects of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine, the national medicines regulator has revealed. All were frail and elderly people who had unusually strong reactions to the jabs. Norway launched its Covid-19 immunization program on December 27, including residents of nursing homes on the priority li…
 
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