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Marking 150 years since Beatrix Potter's birth

A special set of Royal Mail stamps marking the 150th anniversary of the birth of Beatrix Potter go on sale later. Potter, who made her home in the Lake District, is one of our most popular and celebrated children's authors. She's responsible for introducing millions of children to Peter Rabbit, Squirrel Nutkin, Mrs Tiggy-Winkle, Jemima Puddle Duck and many more.

The stamps are to mark the 150th anniversary of Beatrix Potter's birth Credit: Royal Mail


An historic ruling for same sex marriage on the Isle of Man

Same sex marriages can be performed on the Isle of Man from today.

The new law was given royal assent by the Queen on Wednesday and comes 24 years after homosexuality was decriminalised on the island.

Despite there still being some opposition, the law is actually more progressive than that in the UK, with a single civil marriage provision that applies to everyone.

Helen McKenna reports.


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Pippa Middleton gets engaged in Lake District

Pippa Middleton with her fiance James Matthews Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire/Press Association Image

Pippa Middleton is reportedly engaged after her boyfriend popped the question on a trip to Cumbria.

The Duchess of Cambridge's sister is believed to have said yes to financier James Matthew's proposal while the couple were on a weekend visit to the Lake District.

Pippa was propelled to global fame when she was bridesmaid at the wedding of Kate and Prince William in 2011.

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