Wed January 16, 2013
The Two-Way

Fireball, Panic As Helicopter Crashes In London

Originally published on Wed January 16, 2013 8:00 am

A firefighter walks toward some of the wreckage at the scene of today's helicopter crash in London.


Mon January 7, 2013
The Salt

Sandwich Monday: Steak And Kidney Pie

Originally published on Mon January 21, 2013 1:16 pm


Sat January 5, 2013

London Real Estate, A Magnet For Mega-Rich From Around The Globe

Originally published on Sat January 5, 2013 7:59 am

Foreign buyers are pushing the prices of prime London real estate through the roof. Neighborhoods such as West London, Kensington and Chelsea are particularly popular.
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Looking for a London pied-a-terre? How about a four-bedroom duplex overlooking Hyde Park? It could be yours, if you're prepared to spend $25 million.

In most of the United Kingdom, property prices are slumping. But in some of London's most upscale neighborhoods, they're going crazy.

Robin Perona sweeps the sidewalk at Egerton Crescent, a gracious semicircle of white townhouses in fashionable Chelsea.

In the 1990s, they cost about $700,000 each. Today the average price is some $13 million — or 8 million British pounds.

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Sat November 10, 2012

Retro London Cabs On The Road Toward Extinction

Originally published on Sat November 10, 2012 11:54 am

The company that makes London's iconic taxis has had financial difficulties, leaving cabbies in a lurch.
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Cabbie John Crowood's traditional London taxi was one among hordes as he began trundling through the city's streets with so many other benevolent black beetles more than 30 years ago.

Today, he's one of a dwindling band. Crowood says that the only company that makes the classic retro London cab had to recall 400 of its newest vehicles after a mechanical defect was found, leaving hundreds of his fellow cabbies unable to ply their trade.

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Sun September 9, 2012

From War To Competition: Vets In Paralympics

Originally published on Sun September 9, 2012 11:43 am



A marathon around the city of London wraps up the 2012 Paralympics Games today. They're the biggest, best-attended games in the history of the event, which began as an exhibition of World War II veterans, also in London, at the 1948 Olympics. Veterans from recent wars are returning to the competition now to find a very competitive tournament, and one in which the United States seems to be playing catch-up.

NPR's Quil Lawrence has attended the games. He joins us now from outside London. Quil, welcome.

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