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The German schoolboy jailed for writing to the BBC - BBC News
By Abby d'Arcy
BBC World Service, Berlin
17 September 2017
From the section Magazine ... Share

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The East German secret police went to extraordinary lengths to track down people who wrote letters to the BBC during the Cold War. One of those arrested and jailed was a teenager who longed to express himself freely - and paid a high price.
It was the last day of the summer holidays. For 18-year-old Karl-Heinz Borchardt that should have meant an afternoon on a windswept Baltic beach with his girlfriend, or a few hours spent trying to catch the latest pop songs on his portable radio.
Instead his childhood came to a sudden end.
His mother hurried into his room unusually early and told him to get dressed. Five uniformed agents were waiting downstairs.
Borchardt bought himself time. "I needed time to think," he says. "It could have been for any number of reasons."
Insisting he needed a wash, he started to fling sheets of incriminating texts out of the window. He couldn't know that the secret police already had all the evidence they needed.
It was two years earlier, in September 1968, that Borchardt had written his first letter.
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Should parents ban Horrid Henry? - BBC News
By Emma Thelwell
BBC News
5 hours ago
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The Horrid Henry books have sold in their millions since 1994
Emmerdale actor Adam Thomas has banned his three-year-old son from watching Horrid Henry because he says Teddy has "literally turned into" the fictional character. But should parents be banishing him from their children's lives?
Henry is a naughty prankster who bullies his little brother and causes chaos wherever he goes. Henry is just, well, horrid.
Author Francesca Simon has defended her creation, telling the BBC that in the end "he always obeys his parents".
Taking to Twitter to vent his frustration, Thomas asked: "Anyone else banned their kid from watching Horrid Henry or is it just us?"
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3 days ago by ndf
7 days quiz: Who, what or where is the 'Dutch reach'? - BBC News
9 hours ago
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It's the weekly news quiz - have you been paying attention to what's been going on in the world over the past seven days?

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3 days ago by ndf
Cassini: Probe incinerates on entry to Saturn - BBC News
By Jonathan Amos
BBC Science Correspondent, Pasadena
1 hour ago
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The mood was subdued. Restrained applause followed by comforting embraces
The American-led Cassini space mission to Saturn has just come to a spectacular end.
Controllers had commanded the probe to destroy itself by plunging into the planet's atmosphere.
It survived for about a minute before being broken apart.
Cassini had run out of fuel and Nasa had determined that the probe should not be allowed to simply wander uncontrolled among Saturn and its moons.
The loss of signal from the spacecraft occurred right on cue. Here at mission control, at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, this drop-off was timed at 05:55 PDT (11:55 GMT; 12:55 BST).
Live: End of the Cassini mission
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3 days ago by ndf
'Our Saturn years' - Cassini-Huygens' epic journey to the ringed planet, told by the people who made it happen - BBC News
Cassini's epic journey to the ringed planet, told by the people who helped make it happen
By Paul Rincon
“I look back and think:

'Gosh, I've worked on Cassini for almost an entire Saturn year.'

A Saturn year is 30 years, and I've worked on Cassini for 29."

- Dr Linda Spilker

The Cassini satellite has almost run out of fuel.

Its final mission, on 15 September, is to dive into the planet's thick atmosphere, where it will meet a fiery end.

An encounter with the moon Titan has nudged Cassini's trajectory on to a collision course with Saturn. Nasa has called this manoeuvre a “goodbye kiss”.

For 13 years, the orbiter has been sending back to Earth images of its extraordinary discoveries at Saturn.

It has documented the possible birth of a moon, tasted an extra-terrestrial ocean and watched as a giant storm encircled the entire planet.

Linda Spilker will be there to wave it off.

“For me, when I first started working on Cassini in 1988, my oldest daughter Jennifer had just started kindergarten. And now, here we are in 2017, she's married and she has a daughter of her own,” says Dr Spilker, project scientist for the Cassini mission.
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4 days ago by ndf
Women 'more likely to lose interest in sex than men' - BBC News
Relationships of longer than a year were a factor in women's lack of interest in sex
Women are more than twice as likely as men to lack interest in sex when living with a partner, a study of British sexual attitudes suggests.
It found that while men and women lost passion with age, women were often left cold by longer relationships.
Overall, poor health and a lack of emotional closeness affected both men's and women's desire for sex.
The findings are based on the experiences of nearly 5,000 men and 6,700 women, published in BMJ Open.
The UK researchers said problems of sexual desire should be treated by looking at the whole person, rather than simply resorting to drugs.
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4 days ago by ndf
Bumps, boobs and bouncing back - BBC News
Months of planning and collaboration between the English Regions’ Sport Online team and BBC Sport came to fruition over the weekend after Serena Williams gave birth to a daughter, with this Shorthand feature on how pregnant athletes recover after having a child.

The piece combined personal stories, cartoons and images to explore how pregnancy and elite sporting achievements fit together – with some surprising and fascinating insights. It has had 290,000 page views, with an engagement time of 3 mins 24 secs, which was the best engaged time across the site on Saturday. This was the top social post, which attracted some nice praise:
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6 days ago by paulbradshaw
BBC iPlayer - Inside Out London - Terror by Text
• The London team led the way with a fascinating and worrying investigation into how ISIS groom home grown terrorists to carry out plots like Westminster and London Bridge. The half hour special involved a long period of work by producer Zack Adesina, and researcher Claire Brennan, working with undercover reporters. It was carried by the Ten O’clock news, most of the papers here and media outlets around the World. The story also did tremendous business online, and the team produced three short digital films for social media:
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6 days ago by paulbradshaw
Post workers recruited by gangs to steal bank cards - BBC News
A BBC journalist posed as a postman and responded to an advert offering £1,000 per week to intercept letters.
After a few weeks working to build up the gang's trust, he was able to persuade a member to meet him.
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6 days ago by paulbradshaw

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