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Here’s Why Americans Who Love British Chocolate Are Freaking Out

Chocolate Production Continues At Cadbury During Hostile Takeover Bids
Cadbury's Creme Eggs move down the production line at the Cadbury's Bournville production plant Christopher Furlong—Getty Images

A lawsuit brought by Hershey's is keeping British-made Rolos and Cadbury Eggs out of the U.S.

Thousands of Rolo, Cadbury and Toffee Crisp lovers in the U.S. have signed a petition protesting a lawsuit that threatens the importation of British chocolates into the United States.

As the result of a lawsuit brought by Hershey in August, Let’s Buy British Imports (LBB) has agreed to stop importing popular British chocolates into the United States.

While Cadbury won’t disappear completely from American shelves, it’ll be the chocolate manufactured by Hershey, which has a licensing agreement to market products made in the U.S. under the Cadbury name. The Hershey recipe has a lower fat content, a less creamy texture and, British chocolate fans insist, an inferior taste.

The news isn’t likely to affect American consumers who buy their Cadbury Creme Eggs from supermarket chains (which have sold the American recipe for years), but lovers of the British variety are incensed.

“Due to legal action by the so-called chocolate maker Hershey’s, we can no longer import the real Cadbury chocolate from England,” Tea & Sympathy, a New York shop specializing in British goods, wrote on its Facebook. “They want us to sell their dreadful Cadbury approximation but we can’t in good conscience sell you such awful chocolate when we have made our reputation on selling you the yummy real English stuff.”

The New York Times reports that various British treats will disappear altogether from American shelves because consumers may confuse them with competing American chocolates. The Toffee Crisp bar has orange packaging similar to Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, and Yorkie chocolate bars allegedly infringe on York peppermint patties.

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A Prank Caller Got Through to British Prime Minister David Cameron

100 days to go to general election
100 days to go to general election. File photo dated 08/01/15 of Prime Minister David Cameron as the countdown begins on Tuesday of the final 100 days to a general election which is shaping up to be unlike any other in recent history Peter Byrne—PA Wire/Press Association Images/AP

But a government spokeswoman says no sensitive information was disclosed

A prank caller managed to get through to British Prime Minister David Cameron on Sunday, prompting a security review at 10 Downing Street.

The caller claimed to be Robert Hannigan, the director of the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), a U.K. intelligence agency, according to the Guardian.

Another hoax was reported on Sunday when a caller managed to reach GCHQ and obtain the phone number of Hannigan.

A government spokeswoman said “Following two hoax calls to government departments today, a notice has gone out to all departments to be on the alert for such calls.”

The spokeswoman added that the phone call was “quite brief” and no sensitive information was disclosed.

Mr. Cameron has been duped before. In 2013 he tweeted at a spoof account for work and pensions minister, Iain Duncan Smith, without apparently realizing the account was a fraud.

[The Guardian]

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Jindal: Muslims Form ‘No-Go Zones’ Outside Civic Control

But Jindal didn't clarify exactly which neighborhoods were "no-go" for non-Muslims

(WASHINGTON) — Some countries have allowed Muslims to establish autonomous neighborhoods in cities where they govern by a harsh version of Islamic law, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said Monday during a speech in London.

The Republican, who is considering a presidential campaign in 2016, later defended — and repeated — the statement after facing reporters’ questions about his claims.

In a speech prepared for delivery at a British think tank, Jindal said some immigrants are seeking “to colonize Western countries, because setting up your own enclave and demanding recognition of a no-go zone are exactly that.” He also said Muslim leaders must condemn the people who commit terrorism in the name of faith as “murderers who are going to hell.”

Jindal aides said he did not make significant changes to the prepared text.

The claims on “no-go zones” are similar to those a Fox News guest made last week about places where non-Muslims were not welcome in parts of the United Kingdom such as Birmingham, and “Muslim religious police” enforce faith-based laws.

Steven Emerson, an American author who often is asked about terror networks, told Fox News that in Britain “there are actual cities like Birmingham that are totally Muslim, where non-Muslims just simply don’t go in.”

Prime Minister David Cameron responded by calling Emerson a “complete idiot.”

Emerson later apologized and said his comments “were totally in error.” Fox News also issued apologies for broadcasting the comments.

Jindal, however, used similar rhetoric during a speech, warning of “no-go zones” in London and other Western cities. Jindal’s remarks come in the wake of the massacre by Islamic extremists at a Paris magazine’s offices and subsequent attack on a kosher supermarket in the city. Three gunmen killed 17 people in the attacks.

“I knew that by speaking the truth we were going to make people upset,” Jindal told CNN during an interview from London.

“The huge issue, the big issue in non-assimilation is the fact that you have people that want to come to our country but not adopt our values, not adopt our language and in some cases want to set apart their own enclaves and hold onto their own values,” said Jindal. “I think that’s dangerous.”

Jindal’s parents immigrated to the United States from India. As a young man, Jindal converted from Hinduism to Catholicism.

Asked for evidence of “no-go zones,” Jindal pointed to a weekend article in The Daily Mail, a London tabloid, that said killings, sexual abuse of minors and female genital mutilation are believed to go unreported to local police in some areas. The article did not give specific religious groups or towns.

“The bigger point is that radical Islam is a threat to our way of life,” Jindal said. Asked if he regretted talking about “no-go zones,” Jindal replied: “Not at all.”

Jindal’s advisers see his comments on his trip abroad as much-needed truth-telling about the radical corners of Islam.

Such rhetoric may help his standing among evangelical pastors, who have sway over many voters in early nominating states in the presidential race such as Iowa and South Carolina.

Jindal is set to join pastors and their faithful from across the nation at Louisiana State University this weekend in a day of prayer.

Democrats said Jindal’s comments were a blunder.

“It’s no surprise that Bobby Jindal would go abroad and butcher the facts in an effort to divide people; this is exactly what we’ve come to expect from Jindal here at home,” said Democratic National Committee spokeswoman Rebecca Chalif. “Jindal is just embarrassing himself.”

Jindal, whose parents immigrated to the United States from India more than 40 years ago, is in his second term as governor of Louisiana and is barred by law from seeking a third term later this year. The 43-year-old is already laying the groundwork for a presidential bid.

Jindal spoke to the Henry Jackson Society, a British think tank named for a former U.S. Democratic senator from Washington state who was a presidential candidate in the 1970s.


Majority of British Jews Polled Feel They Have No Long-Term Future in Europe

Jewish men talk in Golders Green, London, Jan. 10, 2015.
Jewish men talk in Golders Green, London, Jan. 10, 2015. Paul Hackett—Reuters

A poll has found that more than half of British Jews feel anti-Semitism is on the rise

A survey of Jewish people in the U.K. has found that a quarter have considered leaving the country within the last two years and more than half feel they have no long-term future in Europe.

The poll, which was carried out by YouGov for the Campaign Against Antisemitism (CAA), asked 2,230 British Jewish people their thoughts on the country’s attitudes toward Jewish people. More than half of the Jewish Brits polled said they felt that “anti-Semitism now echoes the 1930s” and “that they have witnessed more anti-Semitism in the past two years than they have witnessed ever before.”

The poll also asked 3,411 British adults whether or not they agreed with certain antisemitic stereotypes — such as “Jews chase money more than other British people” — and found that such beliefs are widely prevalent with 45 percent of Britons polled agreeing with at least one anti-Semitic sentiment.(A quarter of those polled agreed with the statement about money.)

Gideon Falter, the chairman of the CAA, said in a foreword to the report, “Britain is at a tipping point: unless anti-Semitism is met with zero tolerance, it will continue to grow and British Jews may increasingly question their place in their own country.”

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8 Presumed Dead After Cargo Ship Sinks Off Scotland

The vessel's management company says bad weather was likely a factor in its sinking

(LONDON) — Eight crew members are presumed dead after a cargo ship capsized and sank north of Scotland.

Rescuers have called off the search for the crew of the Cyprus-registered cement carrier Cemfjord, whose upturned hull was spotted by a passing ferry Saturday in the Pentland Firth.

The vessel’s management company says bad weather was likely a factor in its sinking. The ship, which carried seven Polish crew members and one Filipino, did not send a distress signal.

Tony Redding of the German shipping company Brise said investigators would “look for abnormalities. And at the moment we don’t have any, apart from the fact that there was severe weather at the time.”

A ship was to scan the seabed Monday using sonar to assess how the Cemfjord is lying.

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The Year Britain Celebrated ‘Blitzmas’

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A couple kissing under the mistletoe, wearing gas masks, in 1940 Fox Photos / Getty Images

How TIME reported on Britain's wartime Christmas in 1940

Year after year, preparing for Christmas is largely the same: people send cards, attend holiday events and sort out a big, Christmas Day meal.

Surprisingly, the same was true for Britons 74 years ago, when the country was under heavy fire from German bombs. By December 1940, the U.K. was in the middle of the Blitz, as a series of devastating air raids from German forces destroyed huge sections of British cities, including London, Birmingham and Bristol, and claimed tens of thousands of lives.

But although the country was under heavy fire, people across Britain did their best to carry on regardless as far as Christmas was concerned — in a wartime festive season that came to be known as “Blitzmas.”

TIME reported on Dec. 30, 1940, that despite the bombs, “life in the big London air-raid shelters, where over 1,000,000 people regularly spend the night, had become so standardized that many shelter Christmas parties were elaborate communal affairs with mass harmony singing, skits and dancing.”

Other British holiday traditions were observed, although often with an understandable twist. King George VI and his wife Queen Elizabeth still sent out their annual Christmas card, though it included a photograph of them “standing in front of the bombed portion of Buckingham Palace,” TIME reported.

The rest of the royal family’s celebration was largely routine, as they were known to keep their holiday simple. Yet the royals were forced to spend the holiday at a location “kept rigidly secret lest Nazi airmen bomb George VI while the King was reading his scheduled Christmas broadcast.”

Not that the war didn’t interfere with some of the cherished traditions of the British Christmas. Streetside caroling was canceled in London due to the bombings and black-outs, while many families had to make do with “cheap Empire beef or mutton” for Christmas dinner, rather than the traditional, pricey goose and turkey. And for the first time in Britain, shop and heavy industry workers were sent to work to keep up the war effort on Dec. 26 — Boxing Day, as it’s known in the U.K. — even though the day has been a holiday in the country since 1871.

But Britons were determined to keep Blitzmas as festive as possible, even in the face of danger. London theaters carried on with the tradition of staging family-friendly musical theater productions, known as “Christmas Pantomimes.” As TIME noted in 1940, “This year, more than ever, adult Britons went with their moppets to these children’s entertainments, seemed to evoke Christmas memories of better, bygone times.”

Read TIME’s 1940 story: Blitzmas


Car Crash Victim Woke from Coma Speaking French and Thinking He Was Matthew McConaughey

He hadn't spoken the language in 12 years

A 25-year-old British man awoke after a car crash believing he was Hollywood actor Matthew McConaughey and speaking fluent French, despite only having a very basic grasp from school.

Rory Curtis, a former semi-professional soccer player, suffered a severe brain injury after an accident in August 2012. He was in an induced coma for six days while doctors tried to save his life. When he woke up, he began speaking to nurses in French. Curtis told the Daily Mail: “I can’t explain how it happened. It’s incredible really…I was just casually chatting away about how I was feeling in this perfect French accent.”

He added: “I wasn’t really that good at it at school, so I don’t how my brain has managed to do what is has. I don’t know how I know it — I just do.”

“Also, in my head I thought I was Matthew McConaughey… At times I was in hospital thinking, ‘I can’t wait to get out of here and back to filming movies.'”

Thanks to an experimental drug, Curtis has now recovered and has retrained as a barber. But while he now knows he isn’t a famous Hollywood actor, he is still able to speak perfect French more than two years later.

[Daily Mail]

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U.S. Stars Invade British Christmas Shows

David Hasselhoff, Jerry Hall and Priscilla Presley are among the American celebs who are starring in holiday plays across the pond

While most Americans might be unfamiliar with British pantomimes — the family-friendly musical comedy stage plays that take place across the U.K. at Christmas — it seems like there are many American actors who are eager to get involved.

This year there are five U.S. celebrities headlining British pantomimes, reports The Independent, including stars Jimmy Osmond, David Hasselhoff and Priscilla Presley, who have all performed in pantomimes before. Joining them in the U.K. this year will be new-comers Linda Gray and Jerry Hall.

In recent years, actors Henry Winkler, Pamela Anderson, Mickey Rooney, Stefanie Powers, Antonio Fargas and Patrick Duffy have also taken part in various Christmas shows in Britain.

But it seems like even the most eager U.S. stars are occasionally taken aback once they hit the stage. Pantomime actors are known for their interaction with the audience, which came as a surprise to Presley when she played the Wicked Queen in Snow White in 2012. “In all honesty, I really didn’t understand the script when I first read it,” she told The Independent. “In one of my lines I say, ‘Go ahead and boo. Boo all you like’, and I thought, ‘Should I be coaxing people to boo at me?'”

Fortunately for Presley, who’s reprising her role as the Wicked Queen this year, she now knows that booing is all part of the British pantomime charm.


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Amazon Pricing Glitch Loses U.K. Businesses Thousands

Some items were sold for as little as a penny

There’s more to being a successful retailer than keeping your buyers happy.

U.K. businesses that sell via Amazon.com’s local site are up in arms over a software glitch late Friday that led to their items being sold for as little as a penny. Some ended up out of pocket to the tune of up to $30,000.

The incident was down to a problem with a software tool developed by Derry-based RepricerExpress, which allows businesses to offer their goods on Amazon.co.uk.

The software automatically changes prices for the items on sale to guarantee that they stay competitive, but in this instance, it generated a self-reinforcing loop in which goods were automatically re-priced down to a penny.

One user complained on an Amazon bulletin board that stock worth $15,000 had been sold in this fashion within 40 minutes.

“Being they are not based in the US (sic) It takes away lots of options for us to recoup our loses,” the user wrote. “Last night I had to explain to my wife and 3, 4 and 5 year old that we could not take our trip to Disney in February.”

City AM cited one fancy dress company owner as saying her company had lost over $30,000 overnight.

Amazon said it was unable to cancel orders that had been dispatched and charged to customers, but another user on the bulletin board noted that it had been able to cancel those that weren’t slated for urgent shipping.

RepricerExpress chief executive Brendan Doherty said on the company’s website he was “truly sorry for the distress this has caused our customers,” and said Amazon had reassured him that sellers’ accounts wouldn’t be penalized as a result.

It wasn’t clear what degree of compensation would be available to the businesses that had suffered. RepricerExpress didn’t respond immediately to a request for comment from Fortune.

This article originally appeared on Fortune.com

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