Staff at BBC"s 1bn revamped offices using EAR PLUGS to protect themselves from noisy performance area

Staff at BBC's 1bn revamped offices using EAR PLUGS to protect themselves from noisy indoor performances Loud music and noise from atrium areas distracting workers in open-plan environment BBC staff will be hoping it's not a sign of things to come with the new 'World' piazza close to completion | UPDATED: 18:33 GMT, 29 December 2012 BBC staff members have taken to wearing ear plugs after 'noisy' performances were carried out inside the newly-revamped headquarters in London. The complaints over loud music came as the 1billion development of New Broadcasting House, in Portland Place, nears completion.

"I gather not all the bars belong to us": Queen"s solid gold quip about bullion sell-off

'I gather not all the bars belong to us': Queen's solid gold quip about bullion sell-off Comment said to George Osborne at Cabinet meeting the Queen attendedIt was in reference to Gordon Brown selling half the country's gold reservesHe sold them for 2billion in 1999 when price of gold was at a 20-year low | UPDATED: 22:29 GMT, 22 December 2012 As a constitutional monarch, the Queen knows she must remain above the hurly-burly of everyday politics… but that didn’t stop Her Majesty from last week making a light-hearted quip about Gordon Brown’s controversial sale of Britain’s gold reserves.

Manchester burglary gang jailed after raps boasting about crimes found on gang member"s phone

'Breaking-in takes b***s': Gang of burglars jailed after police find rap bragging about crime wave on mobile phone Five man gang rapped about the sound of a 'patio breaking' Lyrics found on phone of David Levesconte who was jailed 40 monthsGroup responsible for 65 burglaries across Manchester Police heard that gang stole 24 luxury cars and 400,000 worth of jewellery | UPDATED: 16:53 GMT, 21 December 2012 A bragging burglary gang who boasted about their crimes by writing raps to each other following their raids has been jailed. The five man group recorded the congratulatory rhymes on their mobile phones, sending them to one another

British professor discovers lost campsite from Captain Scott"s doomed Antarctic expedition 100 years after it was last used

British professor discovers Captain Scott's lost campsite eerily unchanged since doomed Antarctic expedition 100 years ago University of Cambridge Professor Clive Oppenheimer traced campsite using old mapsThe volcanologist wanted to mark the centenary of the ill-fated Antarctic mission It was last used by members of Scott's surviving base camp team | UPDATED: 16:49 GMT, 18 December 2012 A century after it was last used a lost campsite from Captain Scott's doomed Antarctic expedition has been rediscovered. Professor Clive Oppenheimer, a volcancologist at the University of Cambridge, pinpointed the remote site using original maps and photographs

Newtown catholic church EVACUATED after threat during noon mass

Hundreds evacuated at Newtown Catholic church – the town's center of memorials and mourning – after BOMB THREAT hours before Obama visit Noon mass was being held at the St Rose of Lima when hundreds of people inside were evacuated due to a called-in threatHeavily-armed Connecticut state troopers were seen entering church and doing room-by-room search of religious education facility nearby 'All clear' was issued at about 1:15pmPresident Obama was due to attend memorial service at Newtown High School on Sunday night | UPDATED: 23:28 GMT, 16 December 2012 The St Rose of Lima church in Connecticut was evacuated today during a noon mass after the church received a bomb threat – in another traumatic day for a community rocked by tragedy. Following the horrific tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown on Friday, tensions were raised again at the sight of nearly a dozen camouflage-clad SWAT team members carrying assault weapons who rushed into the church and a nearby educational center. The Catholic church that has become a center of grieving since the deaths of 20 children and six adults at the nearby Sandy Hook Elementary School

UK weather: Crew member dead on flooded vessel in North Sea while huge waves knock 15 fishermen off their feet on pier in Sunderland

Crew member dead on flooded vessel in North Sea while huge waves knock 15 fishermen off their feet on pier in Sunderland Eleven crewmen winched to safety after Aberdeen Coastguard were alerted to mayday call this morning Huge waves knocked 15 fishermen off their feet on Roker Pier in Sunderland One man in his 60s sustained a broken leg and was winched to safety by helicopter Pensioners evacuated from their homes in Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire because of coastal floodingRisk of localised flooding as wet weather set to stay for weekend | UPDATED: 18:46 GMT, 15 December 2012 A crewman has died and 11 others had to be rescued when stormy seas overcame their vessel in the North Sea. The Vos Sailor was damaged and took on water during severe weather overnight. Coastguard launched a rescue mission after a mayday call at 4.30am and 11 crew members were winched to safety.

Jack Straw"s memoirs suggest former Labour leader John Smith had a drink problem

Straw's memoirs suggest former Labour leader John Smith had a drink problem | UPDATED: 09:18 GMT, 13 December 2012 Labour’s former Home Secretary Jack Straw suggests in his memoirs, Last Man Standing, that much-admired ex-leader John Smith, who died in 1994 aged 55, had a drink problem.

The two weddings of the Somerset farmer who fled to Siberia following painful divorce with first wife

The two weddings of the Somerset farmer who fled to Siberia following painful divorce with first wife New photograph shows Michael Ware on his wedding day with wife Tina12 years after picture was taken they split up in heartbreaking divorce A devastated Mr Ware then uprooted himself from Exmoor and moved 4,000 miles to the remote village of Dubinka in SiberiaThe former agricultural contractor is now happily re-married with a new family | UPDATED: 01:32 GMT, 13 December 2012 With the love of his life on his arm and surrounded by doting family members, Michael Ware looks like any other proud and happy groom.

Which list will you be on next year? Canadian police send message to suspects to ask them if they"ve been naughty or nice

Which list will you be on next year Canadian police send message to suspects to ask them if they've been naughty or nice Abbotsford Police Department in British Columbia, Canada, has sent a seasonal greeting to known prolific offenders and gang membersThe Christmas message, part of Operation Resolution, is aimed at making criminals mend their ways in the New Year | UPDATED: 22:20 GMT, 11 December 2012 'He's making a list, he's checking it twice, he's going to find out who's been naughty or nice' goes the popular Christmas song. But Santa Claus has come to a Canadian town with a difference this Christmas – he's armed with an automatic weapon and wearing a bullet proof police vest.

Amazing tale of WWII pilot"s encounter with German flying ace who saluted an American plane and let them fly safely instead of shooting them down

Amazing tale of WWII pilot's encounter with German flying ace who saluted an American plane and let them fly safely instead of shooting them down | UPDATED: 18:25 GMT, 9 December 2012 An American bomber pilot was fighting for his life and they lives of his six wounded crew members when he tried desperately to keep the plane from nose-diving into German territory during World War II. Adding to his concerns, 2nd Lt. Brown feared a new threat when he spotted a German plane directly next to his plane, so close that the German pilot was looking him directly in the eyes and making big gestures with his hands that only scared Brown more.