John le Carré, one of the greatest English novelists who wrote about the Cold War and later, complex geopolitics after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, died on December 12. A former British intelligence officer himself, le Carré (his real name was David Cornwell) drew upon his experience to create a world inhabited by ‘spies’, ‘moles’, ‘double agents’, ‘pavement artists’, ‘lamplighters’ among others. But what made his spy thrillers different from others, particularly the James Bond variety, was that this world was riven with moral ambiguities, uncertainties, betrayals. Le Carré’s spies weren’t glamorous, they were tired and often made compromises in a fast-changing post-War world. Ace Hindi film screenwriter Anjum Rajabali tells us how le Carré influenced him
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The UK has historically had a special relationship with the US, but will British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s friendship with Donald Trump undermine his relationship with the new president? And what role will the UK's divorce from the EU play in transatlantic relations?
The British Ambassador to the USA Dame Karen Pierce says the Biden presidency is 'very good news' for the UK, and that Covid recovery and climate will be the initial focus of the UK's co-operation with the new administration. Report by Etemadil. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
The Met Office has issued an amber weather warning for rain for Tuesday to Thursday for central northern England. Storm Christoph is set to bring widespread flooding, gales and snow to the north and Midlands. Report by Jonesia. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
England’s deputy chief medical officer has suggested that schools may reopen on a regional basis when the current national lockdown restrictions begin to ease. Dr Jenny Harries said: “I think it's likely that we will have some sort of regional separation of interventions”. Report by Jonesia. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced that the stay-at-home lockdown in place across mainland Scotland and some island communities will remain in place “until at least the middle of February”. Report by Jonesia. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
The Trump Baby Blimp has been “consigned to history” after being acquired by the Museum of London.
The giant inflatable depicts US President Donald Trump as a baby with a nappy and mobile phone.
The balloon first took to the skies over Westminster during Trump’s state visit to the UK in 2018.
The 20ft effigy has since travelled to protests in France, Ireland, Argentina and various locations across the United States.
It has now found a “final resting place” at the Museum of London, where it will be conserved and potentially displayed as part of the museum’s protest collection. Report by Avagninag. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn