Weekly News Rundown Stories – Sunday 18th February 2024

Each week, Ben Hopkinson looks back at a serious, crazy, and happy news story from the past week.

Serious News

A demonstration took place in Trafalgar Square as protestors demanded an end to the expansion of the ULEZ.

They wore yellow high-vis jackets and held signs saying “NO 2 ULEZ” on vehicle registration plates.

They also held signs asking drivers of passing vehicles to honk their horns if they “hate ULEZ”, with many doing so.

Some of the protestors spoke to press, with Terry Burt from Biggin Hill saying: “Normal people who need a vehicle to go to work can’t afford to buy one. We just stand there and protest, and because we’re protesting, under health and safety rules they can’t install the cameras”.

Crazy News

A fan of Only Fools and Horses has created a model of Peckham Town.

Being built over three months, Kevin Jones began the project from items bought at a car sale.

Some of the landmarks from the sitcom includes the Nag’s Head pub, Nelson Mandela House and the iconic threw-wheeler Reliant Regal.

Speaking of how it came about, Kevin says: “I was at a boot sale and I found a box full of 00 gauge Metcalfe Models. I took them away for like £15 and I brought them home… I didn’t want to see them go to waste and so that’s when I came up with the idea to make this”.

Happy News

An “immersive sound and light experience” celebrating the natural word took to a church in London this week.

On the corner of Trafalgar Square is St Martin-in-the-Fields church, who hosted the 40-minute show called “Life”, that took visitors on a “walking journey through earth, sea and sky”.

The show simulates a day from sunrise to sunset, in a bid to remind people to protect the planet.

The show was child friendly, and begins outside, whilst finishing inside the church’s crypt.

There was also a previous show at the same church last year, called “Space, The Universe and Everything”.

The producer and presenter of both shows, Peter Walker, works for Luxmuralis, a projection art gallery and speaks about their vision: “bringing to life the stories and concepts of our time in a way that stained glass did generations before”.


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