No tans or tattoos please, this is vintage drama: Producers of BBC show The Village unable to cast Derbyshire villagers because they didn't look like ordinary BritonsMakers of the series hoped to cast as many locals as possible as extras But only one in 10 who turned up to the casting were considered suitableHopefuls looked too modern and removed from 20th Century counterpartsToo many of them had fake tans, tattoos, piercings and plucked eyebrows The Corporation had to instead rely on 'professional supporting artists' By Ross Slater and Chris Hastings PUBLISHED: 21:57 GMT, 30 March 2013 | UPDATED: 09:50 GMT, 31 March 2013 The Derbyshire village of Hayfield, with its cobbled streets and picturesque church, seemed the perfect location for a major new BBC costume drama. But the producers of The Village, which charts the lives and loves of 'ordinary' Britons over the past 100 years, were unable to cast local residents as extras because of their fake tans, tattoos, piercings and plucked eyebrows
Romanian influx We're already here says envoy (AND we built the Olympic village)Ambassador says most of the Romanians who want to be here already areHe says his countrymen were the ones who built the Olympic villageDr Jinga said fears that many Romanians would come was a ‘false problem’ , according to the country’s ambassador. In a provocative intervention yesterday, Dr Ion Jinga said it was thanks to his countrymen that the Olympic Stadium was built. Romania and Bulgaria joined the EU in 2007 but under ‘transitional controls’, low-skilled workers have continued to require permission to come to the UK
Teenage driver, 18, 'demolished terraced house by losing control of father's 30,000 Jeep Cherokee while speeding' six months after passing his test Robbie Morgan 'knocked down an 18-year-old who suffered life-threatening injuries' court toldTeenager accused of leaving party in car to buy cigarettes and 'putting his foot down'Driver denies dangerous driving in Nelson, near Caerphilly, south Wales By Anna Edwards PUBLISHED: 13:03 GMT, 29 January 2013 | UPDATED: 15:01 GMT, 29 January 2013 Robbie Morgan is accused of demolishing a house after driving in his father's Jeep A teenage driver demolished a house and knocked down a pedestrian with his dad's Jeep after swerving off the road while speeding, a court heard today. Robbie Morgan, 18, had only been driving for six months when he got behind the the wheel of his father's 4×4 Jeep after he left a party to buy cigarettes.
'We want the world to know her name': Identity of India gang rape victim revealed by fatherJyoti Singh Pandey died of her injuries 13 days after she was lured onto a bus where she was gang rapedHer father Badri Singh Pandey has agreed to reveal her name 'to give courage to other women who have survived these attacks'He calls the men who carried out the attack 'beasts' and calls for them to be given the death penaltyFive of the accused men are expected to appear in court for pre-trial proceedings on Tomorrow /12/27/article-2253458-16AA432A000005DC-392_634x423.jpg” width=”634″ height=”423″ alt=”Treatment: Miss Singh Pandey was taken to intensive care at a Singapore hospital but died of her injuries” class=”blkBorder” /> Treatment: Miss Singh Pandey was taken to intensive care at a Singapore hospital but died of her injuries The brutal attack has caused uproar in India, with mass demonstrations for women's rights and calls for the six suspects in the case to be hanged.
Jump in music fees charged by record companies threatens village hall dance and aerobics classes Record companies planning hike in rates charged to amateur dance classesInstructors currently pay annual fee but will change to payment per sessionFears that community classes could be wiped out as obesity threat rises By Sean Poulter PUBLISHED: 01:55 GMT, 5 January 2013 | UPDATED: 01:59 GMT, 5 January 2013 Aerobics, fitness and Zumba classes held in village halls are under threat over plans for massive increases to the fees charged by record companies for the right to play music. Currently, instructors play a flat annual fee for a licence to play music in their classes
Church minister warns witchcraft is thriving – in WALES (home to 83 witches, 93 satanists and the site of an exorcism)Reverend Felix Aubel, of Carmarthenshire, has battled with the occult Speaks of chilling tales including a mother and son hospitalised by 'evil eye'Latest census has revealed there are 83 witches and 93 satanists in Wales | UPDATED: 11:06 GMT, 31 December 2012 Rev Aubel has revealed witchcraft is thriving across rural parishes in Wales in his autobiography A church minister has revealed witchcraft is very much alive and well in his Welsh rural parishes as he warns against becmoning involved in the occult. Reverend Felix Aubel has spoken of how he as come across witches, the use of effigies and the 'evil eye' during his career in the Welsh countryside.
A watery grave for our wildlife: Birds drowned in their nests. Butterflies obliterated
Deathbed theory dreamt by an Indian maths genius is finally proved correct – almost 100 years after he died Theory came to Srinivasa Ramanujan in a dream on his deathbed in 1920 – but has never been provedDiscovery could now be used to explain the behaviour of parts of a black hole | UPDATED: 12:09 GMT, 29 December 2012 Srinivasa Ramanujan, described as a 'natural genius', has finally had the mathematical functions he came up with on his deathbed proved correct Researchers have finally solved the cryptic deathbed puzzle renowned Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan claimed came to him in dreams. While on his death-bed in 1920, Ramanujan wrote a letter to his mentor, English mathematician G. H.
Nelson Mandela is 'in good spirits' after two weeks in hospital, says South African president Jacob Zuma Former South African leader is 'looking much better' said President Zuma Mr Mandela had surgery to remove gallstones on December 15 Doctors are happy with Mr Mandela's progress but no date given for release | UPDATED: 11:23 GMT, 25 December 2012 Nelson Mandela is in good spirits and looking much better after more than two weeks in hospital, South Africa President Jacob Zuma said today. Zuma, who visited Mandela on Christmas Day, said in a statement that doctors were happy with the progress the anti-apartheid hero was making. 'We found him in good spirits