Bitesized Blighty: January 15, 2016

London Staff,  Georgia Brown

BT's £12.5bn merger with EE, Britain’s biggest mobile operator, has been cleared by the CMA after a six-month probe. The landmark deal will create a telecoms behemoth providing mobile, fixed-line telephone, broadband, and TV to around 35m customers.

UK shares fell again today, with mining stocks dragging the market lower as oil and commodity prices tumbled. The pound hit a five-and-a-half-year low against the dollar after the release of weak UK construction data.

Our very own astronaut, Tim Peake, made the first British spacewalk today; which unfortunately ended prematurely due to water in his helmet! Fellow astronaut, Tim Kopra, reported only a "small amount" of water, but the flight director took the precaution of ending the event regardless.

This week, we bid farewell to two international British treasures - David ‘Stardust’ Bowie and Alan Rickman. Both will be sorely missed.

  • Bowie, throughout his career was a trailblazer of musical trends and pop fashion. His unrivalled popularity was exemplified when hundreds of fans flooded the streets of Brixton (South London) where Bowie was born, to pay tribute… Sleep well, Starman
  • Alan Rickman - best known for his role in the Harry Potter films as the misunderstood Professor Snape, and as one of the most recognizable voices in the industry - had a glittering career in both the UK and the US. He played the unforgettable baddies in Die Hard and Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, as well as showing his softer side in films such as Sense and Sensibility and Truly, Madly, Deeply

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