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Women protest at 'unfair' raising of retirement age

Thousands gather in London

Women from local branches of a pension campaign group have been protesting in London today.

Women Against State Pension Inequality, or WASPI, are campaigning against the Government's raising of their retirement age. Women who were expecting to retire at 60 have now been told they will have to wait until they are 66.

Women 'robbed' of pensions

But these campaigners from Yorkshire say they haven't had time to prepare themselves financially.


Explosive Emmerdale episode set to go with a bang

The cast of Emmerdale - fresh from winning Best British Soap a few weeks ago - will this evening be showing their fans what they do best.

In the past the soap has brought us plane and helicopter crashes and its latest stunt certainly goes with a bang. If you don't want to spoil this evenings 'explosive' viewing .... then move on. Otherwise, see how Victoria Whittam went on when she was invited behind the scenes for a preview.

Katie Price to open new attraction at Flamingo Land

TV personality and model Katie Price will open Flamingo Land's latest attraction this weekend.

The 'Pirates of Zanzibar' will have its grand unveiling on Saturday, and Miss Price will launch the new show at 11am.

“We are delighted that the time has come to open our latest attraction, which promises to be a swashbuckling adventure for all the family.

“It promises mystery, intrigue and plenty of audience participation as Captain Plunder prepares to safe guard his galleon pirate ship, The Black Heart. And, with the Pirates of Zanzibar sighted just off the coast, it won't be long before you can enjoy this live production show featuring breathtaking fight scenes.”

– Sarah Mills, Flamingo Land

But the story behind the show also has a serious message. It tells of the Pirates of Zanzibar - a crew descended from the infamous Spice Pirates of 1779, when spices were the most valuable items in the world. After reaching the East African Coast, the Spice Pirates invaded the Tanzanian island of Zanzibar, which became the 'black heart' of their empire.

“Our latest show may be great fun but it does carry a message to our visitors about the work we do here and abroad regarding animal conservation, and to deal with the real life ‘pirates’ of today through our CIRCLE project in Tanzania. We are working there to save threatened forests and their indigenous wildlife from loggers and poachers.''

– Flamingo Land spokesman
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