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EU Deletes UK from Official Map – Two Years Before Brexit

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This could be the first official map produced by the European Union to exclude the UK. But it is also an inaccurate one: the UK is still a member state of the EU.

Brexit means Brexit: on 29 March, British Prime Minister Theresa May officially notified EU Council President Donald Tusk of Britain’s intention to leave the European Union.

But Britain hasn’t left yet. By invoking Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon, May triggered a process that gives both sides two years to reach an agreement. Meaning that Britain is scheduled to leave the EU on 29 March 2019. Until that time, the United Kingdom remains a full member of the European Union.

It is no secret that hardline brexiteers would rather leave today than tomorrow, and ‘crash out’ of the EU, even if that means falling back on the most rudimentary of agreements for trade and cooperation with ‘EU27’ – shorthand for the EU minus the UK.

Now it seems that…

10 British Crime Dramas You Should Watch on Netflix

Crime is universal. However, crime drama, specifically its attitude and tone, differs depending on where you live. Don’t believe me? Try comparing the American Elementary to the British Sherlock. Both are excellent, but very different from each other.

While an American audience is well-versed in The Blacklist, Hawaii Five-O, and NCIS, Netflix offers you the chance to explore the best of British crime dramas.

With that in mind here are 10 British crime dramas all Americans (and everyone else reading this) should watch on Netflix.

Sherlock stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as Dr. John Watson, the iconic figures created by Arthur Conan Doyle. Those original books are essential reading, and this show is similarly addictive, even if it takes differing approaches to the characters.

This is the Great Detective in contemporary London, with cases riffing off famous (and not so legendary) stories. It’s incredibly smart, admittedly sometimes to its detriment, but you can’t question the amount of love and attention that’s gone into every episode.

Written by a collection of Doctor Who scribes — Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss, and Steve Thompson — Sherlock immediately gained a huge following when it debuted in 2010. It’s most notable for its stunning direction, however: initially spearheaded by Paul McGuigan (Luke Cage), its ideas are heady, immersive, and incredibly distinctive.

2. Luther

Dark. Brooding. Thrilling. Luther is an absolute tour de force, and one of the most pulse-pounding series of recent times.

The idea behind DCI John Luther is a well-worn one: a man with as many terrible demons as the people he’s trying to catch. Fortunately, there’s a lot more to it than that, most notably very affecting narratives, and Idris Elba (The Wire) giving it his all in the lead role.

Created by Neil Cross (Mama), it’s a shocking, psychological thriller that pushes limits and delivers genuine scares. It’s not a typical “Whodunnit” by any means — for starters, you know who the killers are. You then get to see their adrenalin-fuelled crimes, following what they do while Luther tries to get into their mindsets.

Its first episode, aired in 2010, also introduces Alice, played by Ruth Wilson (The Affair), a captivating and oddly-charming sparring partner for Luther. It’s a dynamic you simply have to see.

A similar relationship comes to the fore across three seasons of The Fall, charting Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson’s (Gillian Anderson) hunt for serial killer, Paul Spector (Jamie Dornan). The man is stalking the streets of Belfast, Northern Ireland, and attacking young professionals — Gibson is brought in when the case drags on for too long. It’s the hunter becoming the hunted, but which is which?

Things get even more interesting when Spector’s obsession with Gibson grows, and his secrets threaten his home life, specifically when his daughter starts having nightmares about the murderer.

The gritty drama soon developed a dedicated following when it debuted in 2013, and won numerous accolades including: Best Television Drama at the 2014 Irish Film and Television Awards, Best Television Episode Teleplay at the same year’s Edgar Allan Poe Awards, and Best British Crime Writing at the 2015 British Screenwriters’ Awards.

4. Agatha Christie’s Poirot

David Suchet played Hercule Poirot between 1989 and 2013. Few actors can claim such longevity in a single role. You can instantly see what makes the character so appealing: after all, the iconic status of the sleuth, created by the wonderful Agatha Christie, is paralleled only by Sherlock Holmes.

Poirot is, of course, a Belgian detective, but this ITV production feels quintessentially British. In amidst the stiff upper lips, however, Christie was very character-driven. She understood people: their silly little quirks, their passions, and what could ultimately drive them to do the unthinkable.

In these 13 seasons, adaptations of the original novels and short stories, you’ll witness the ingenious, the chilling, and the definitive Poirot. In 2009, Agatha’s grandson, Mathew Prichard said:

“Personally, I regret very much that she never saw David Suchet. I think that visually he is much the most convincing and perhaps he manages to convey to the viewer just enough of…

Clear Coffee That Won’t Stain Teeth Is Now Available in the UK

There were hard lessons to be learned from the failures of Crystal Pepsi, Zima, and other casualties of the clear-beverage fad of the 1990s. But what if a see-through coffee was more than a novelty? What if it provided an actual, tangible benefit?

We’ll shortly find out. UK-based distributor CLR CFF recently launched a bottled product, Clear Coffee, that claims to be the world’s first transparent coffee. Sold in 100 ml bottles, each contains 100 mg of caffeine and promises to offer the flavor of Arabica coffee…

The UK Driving Test Will Soon Include a GPS Navigation Section

The UK is changing its driver’s license testing, and the process is getting a technological update for the modern era. As part of the practical exams given to new drivers starting in December 2017, potential licensees will have to prove that they are capable of navigating by GPS, The Verge reports.

According to the government announcement on the changes to the test, most would-be drivers will be required to follow directions from a satellite navigation device during their test. This “independent driving” portion of…