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Just Stop Oi l activists b l ocked four busy roads across London in their l atest protest.

Oil protesters are dragged off busy roads by angry drivers.

Angry motorists yesterday dragged environmental activists off four central London roads they were blocking in the latest Just Stop Oil protest.

The campaign group said 61 of its supporters walked onto Charing Cross Road, High Street Kensington, Harleyford Street and Blackfriars Road and sat down holding banners “demanding that the government halts all new oil and gas licences and consents”.

A number of activists locked onto each other while others glued their hands to the roads.

At the protest in Harleyford Street, near Oval tube station, tensions

were high as drivers left their cars and dragged the demonstrators off the road. One furious driver pleaded with the protesters blocking the roads to move, saying: “This is fucking pathetic. I’ve asked you nicely – there are people trying to go about their business.” He added: “Go to parliament. Go to Westminster.”

On High Street Kensington, the protesters faced a further backlash as one passer-by snatched their banner and walked into the middle of the road.

He was then heard shouting that he was going “to start fucking throwing punches”, while the activists continued to insist they were “non-violent” and apologised that he was caught up in the situation.

One protester, Anna Berrill, a philosophy student from Leeds, said: “I’m doing this because it breaks my heart to witness the tragedies that are happening and will keep coming because of our actions, and to live in a crumbling world and not do anything is unbearable.”

Just Stop Oil said the road blockages follow four weeks of civil resistance by its supporters during which the police have made 626 arrests.

Actor Lewis admits his music career is a ‘mini mid-life crisis’

Damian Lewis has described his fledgling music career as a “mini mid-life crisis” in a new interview.

The Homeland star has recently started performing as a music artist, and is set to release an album titled Mission Creep. According to Lewis, the release can be described as a “rootsy, jazzy, rock’n’rolly, singer-song-writery-type album”.

Speaking to The Guardian, Lewis, who is also known for his breakthrough role in the war drama Band of Brothers, reflected on the tradition of actors turning to music.

“There’s nothing more annoying than an actor who thinks he’s Bruce Springsteen,” he said.

“By the way, I don’t think I’m Bruce Springsteen.

“This is a mini midlife crisis, but it’s not a full-blown midlife crisis.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Lewis discussed the grief he had experienced since the death of his wife, Peaky Blinders actor Helen McCrory, last year. Asked whether the change in career direction was related to McCrory’s death, he replied: “Not

consciously, but it’s inevitable there’s change.

When you’ve been married to someone and they die prematurely, you’re left careering in a different direction.

And that throws up… It’s a very fertile, very creative, raw, open time, as well as being flattening and difficult and sad. It’s all those things at once.

EuroMillions winner says life after jackpot was ‘quite boring’


Anybody who hasn’t been through it won’t fully understand, but I think anybody who has been through it will.

Lewis can next be seen in the ITV espionage drama A Spy Among Friends.

EuroMillions winner says life after jackpot was ‘quite boring’

A EuroMillions winner who scooped a £108m jackpot has revealed he initially found life as a rich man “boring”.

Neil Trotter, a former mechanic, won the transnational draw in March 2014 after buying £10 worth of Lucky Dip tickets, one of which matched the seven numbers needed to scoop the sizeable jackpot. With his winnings, Mr Trotter swapped his Ford Focus for a fleet of luxury supercars, including Jaguars and Porsches.

He also bought a Grade II-listed mansion situated within a sprawling 400-acre estate and a lake. But eight years on from his life-changing win, Mr Trotter has admitted that leaving work behind was “a strange thing to adjust to”, and he was at first left watching television at home all day.

Speaking of the difficulties he faced adjusting to his newfound wealth, he said: “I’ve always worked all my life, so going from having to work to not having to work any more was quite a strange thing to adjust to.

I soon found out that sitting at home watching telly all day was quite boring.

He told BBC Breakfast: “So I bought a house that needed a lot of work.

It’s taken me five years to get my life where I want it. It’s been a bit of a struggle adjusting to having so much money but this is the dream – to buy a big house with some land and a lake.

Asked why he went public with his win, Mr Trotter said: “It was quite tricky but I don’t really see there’s any option. If you want to live the dream, which is to have the house, the money and spend it, you’ve got to go public.

People have said in the past they’d hide the money. I think £170m would be impossible to hide.”

Neighbours near scene of fatal stabbing ‘never feel safe.

Residents of an area of south London where a 32-year-old man died following a stabbing yesterday morning have said they “never feel safe”.

Violent crime in Lambeth claims another victim

The victim, who was found near a block of flats in Lambeth, was treated at the scene by paramedics before being taken to hospital, where he died.

Investigations are ongoing and a crime scene remains in place.

No arrests have been made so far.

One resident said violence in the area happens so often that he is considering leaving.

“It’s so normal that I don’t pay attention any more,” he told MyLondon.

“[It is] Every single night.”

A homeless man reported hearing a scream as he slept on the same road the where stabbing took place, telling the news website he no longer feels safe there.

London Assembly member for Lambeth and Southwark, Marina Ahmad, tweeted: “Very sad to hear of a stabbing and death of a man at approx 2am this morning, 29th Oct.”

Any witnesses or anyone with any information is asked to call police on 101, quoting CAD 718/29Oct, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Former ‘Independent on Sunday’ editor Ian Jack dies, aged 77.

Ian Jack, one of the founding journalists of The Independent on Sunday, has died at the age of 77 after a short illness.

Jack, who also edited “The Sindy” from 1991 to 1995, was a talented writer of columns and non-fiction books.

As a young man, he joined The Sunday Times, under Harold Evans, where he was a section editor and then a foreign correspondent.

After The Independent on Sunday, he moved on to edit the literary magazine Granta and wrote a weekly column for The Guardian.

His final piece for the paper, published last weekend, marked the centenary of the BBC, “one of the world’s great cultural projects”.

Renowned interviewer Lynn Barber said Jack had been a “wonderful editor” at The Independent on Sunday, adding: “I owe him so much.”

launch of “The Sindy”, Jack wrote: “The paper had two things going for it: the fine reputation that the daily Independent had built up in the previous four years, and the skills of the writers and editors it had been wise or lucky enough to recruit.”

Jack, whose parents were Scottish, died after he was taken ill on the Isle of Bute, where he spent part of every year.

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