June 29, 1989 |
Soviet and British officials today signed an agreement for the first Soviet-British space mission and announced their search for the man or woman who will become the first Briton in space. The Briton will accompany two cosmonauts to the Soviet orbiting station Mir in 1991. The mission, named Juno, will be the first manned space flight financed entirely by the private sector, project director Malcolm Magee-Brown told a Moscow news conference. The British consortium behind the trip is trying to raise $25 million to cover costs for the British astronaut's part in the mission, Magee-Brown said.
September 23, 1986 |
Monday was British tourist Elise Gordon-Butcher's last day in New York and she wanted to visit the United Nations, but President Reagan's security got in her way. She couldn't get anywhere near the building while Reagan was inside addressing the General Assembly, so she joined a crowd straining against police barricades across the street trying to catch a glimpse of him. Reagan, however, had slipped in a back door.
April 2, 2008 |
Gunmen fired on a car carrying United Nations aid workers and abducted a Briton and a Kenyan in southern Somalia, officials and witnesses said. The Briton may have been wounded in the leg. The workers' employer, the U.N.'s Food and Agriculture Organization, was unavailable to confirm the incident or the nationalities of the hostages.
June 30, 1989 |
Soviet and British officials Thursday signed an agreement for the first Soviet-British space mission and announced a search for the man or woman who will become the first Briton in space. The Briton will accompany two cosmonauts to the Soviet orbiting station Mir in 1991. Two British candidates will be selected by November. Only one will fly aboard Mir. The other will be an understudy. British Air Vice Marshal Peter Howard, in charge of astronaut selection, said candidates should be 21 to 40 years old, physically fit, have a degree in science and an aptitude for handling delicate scientific equipment.
June 13, 2011 |
Two years ago, Britons were outraged when U.S. politicians like Sarah Palin, in the debate over healthcare reform, turned this country's National Health Service into a public whipping boy, denouncing it as "evil," "Orwellian" and generally the enemy of everything good and true. It's time for some payback. Britain is now embroiled in a healthcare argument of its own, prompted by a proposed shake-up of the NHS. And the phrase on everyone's lips is "American-style," which may not be as catchy as the "death panels" that Palin attributed to socialized medicine but which, over here, inspires pretty much the same kind of terror.
January 8, 1989
I read with interest two articles today (Part I, Dec. 28). One on restricting assault weapons and the other on a Briton held two years in Iran with no trial for possession of two weapons. You don't think something like that would ever happen in the United States, do you? TIM ELLIOTT North Hollywood