Sport of kings? Indian women take reins in modern polo’s birthplace | AFP

In the remote Indian state of Manipur, polo dates back centuries – it was there that it came to the attention of British colonialists who formalised the sport as polo, and spread it around the world. Now a group of women players are challenging the rural region’s traditions in the so-called ‘sport of kings’.

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Boris Johnson holds press conference on the government’s coronavirus action plan | AFP

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson holds a press conference to discuss the government’s coronavirus action plan together with the government’s Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty and Chief Scientific Adviser Patrick Vallance. IMAGES

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Cynthia Erivo: From Harriet to Aretha

Speaking at the American Black Film Festival Honors in Beverly Hills, Cynthia Erivo compares playing American abolitionist Harriet Tubman to playing Aretha Franklin. The British actress will portray the Queen of Soul in Season Three of National Geographic series “Genius,” which is due to premiere in May. (Feb. 24)

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Barrier-breaking pianist Alexis Ffrench hopes to offer an “oasis of calm” with new album | AFP

In an interview at Steinway & Sons in London, British classical pianist and composer Alexis Ffrench talks about his new album to be released in March, Dreamland, and about his composition process and the place of classical music in the modern world.

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In London, a “chewing gum artist” makes miniature marvels from throwaway culture | AFP

Lying on a footbridge spanning London’s River Thames, Ben Wilson puts the final touches to his latest creation: a miniature painting on chewing gum, stuck to the steel structure. For the past 15 years, this 57-year-old Englishman has been going around the British capital, sculpting and repainting scraps of gum discarded by passers-by.

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Christian Cowan lives out childhood fashion dream

Christian Cowan equates showing his fashion collections with continuously living out a childhood dream. He said he’s ecstatic each and every time New York Fashion Week rolls around. The 25-year-old British designer was inspired for the fall-winter season by the idea of power. (Feb. 12)

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In London, a “chewing gum artist” makes miniature marvels from throwaway culture | AFP

Lying on a footbridge spanning London’s River Thames, Ben Wilson puts the final touches to his latest creation: a miniature painting on chewing gum, stuck to the steel structure. For the past 15 years, this 57-year-old Englishman has been going around the British capital, sculpting and repainting scraps of gum discarded by passers-by.

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French ski resort tries to calm panic amidst coronavirus fears | AFP

In the village of Les Contamines-Montjoie residents express their concerns after the announcement of five confirmed cases of coronavirus among British nationals who visited the area.

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Coronavirus: children of Les Contamines school arrive to get tested | AFP

Parents of childrens of Les Contamines’s school arrive with their kids to be tested after the announcement of five cases of coronavirus, including one British child attending school in the village. IMAGES

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Coronavirus in France: arrival of ministers for crisis meeting | AFP

French ministers arrive for a crisis meeting with Prime Minister Edouard Philippe after five British nationals including a child have tested positive for the new coronavirus in France. IMAGES

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Katy Perry: I’ll sing to Prince Charles’ plants

As Prince Charles announces Katy Perry as an ambassador of the British Asian Trust, the singer reveals the British royal made a request that she sing to his plants. (Feb. 5)

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Boris Johnson receives Sultan of Brunei in Downing Street | AFP

British Prime minister Boris Johnson receives the Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah at 10 Downing Street. IMAGES

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Johnson: ‘Naive and juvenile’ anti-Americans should ‘grow up’

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says rebuilding full trade relationships with the United States and other countries outside the EU carries enormous opportunities for post-Brexit Britain. Speaking in Greenwich, London, Johnson said the U.K.wants to have a “thriving trade and economic relationship” with the European Union, and be at the forefront of global free trade.

ShowBiz Minute: BAFTAs, Super Bowl, US Box Office

Best picture “1917” is big winner at British Academy Awards; Lopez, Shakira in joyful, exuberant halftime show; “Bad Boys” tops U.S. box office for third straight week. (Feb. 3)

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Johnson pledges not to ‘undermine EU standards’ post-Brexit | AFP

British Prime minister Boris Johnson says that Britain ‘will not engage in any kind of dumping’ and that the country is not ‘leaving the EU to undermine the EU standards’ as he gives a speech on post-Brexit relations with the European Union in Greenwich. SOUNDBITE

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Theron, Zellweger, more light up BAFTA red carpet

Film royalty mix with British royalty on the red carpet of the British Academy Film Awards in London. (Feb. 2)

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Police cordon off scene where police shot man in London after ‘terror’ stabbings | AFP

Images of the scene where British police said they had shot a man in Streatham in south London after several people were stabbed in a suspected “terrorist-related” incident. IMAGES

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Brexit: Europe on the menu at British pub in Paris | AFP

With mere hours to go until Britain splits from the European Union, the Bombardier pub in Paris is serving up European dishes like Hungarian Goulash and Swedish meatballs in honour of the continent, one final ‘adieu’ before Brexit.

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British flag lowered at the European Parliament in Strasbourg | AFP

After 47 years of tumultuous relations between London and Europe, the British flag is removed from the European Parliament in Strasbourg. IMAGES

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Brexit: UK flag removed from European Council’s Europa Building in Brussels | AFP

Officials remove the British flag from the ceremonial entrance of the European Council’s Europa Building in Brussels ahead of Brexit. IMAGES

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EU lowers UK flag outside European Parliament building in Brussels | AFP

European officials remove the British flag outside the European Parliament building in Brussels, four hours ahead of Britain’s midnight departure, symbolising its withdrawal from the European Union. IMAGES

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Brexit: UK flag removed from European Council’s Europa Building in Brussels | AFP

Officials remove the British flag from the ceremonial entrance of the European Council’s Europa Building in Brussels ahead of Brexit. IMAGES

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