John McCririck: flamboyant horse racing pundit dies aged 79

John McCririck: flamboyant horse racing pundit dies aged 79

John McCririck, the garrulous racing pundit who became a household name as the flamboyantly attired face of British racing coverage, has died at the age of 79. Typically clad in a trademark deerstalker hat and clutching a cigar, his gesticulating style was known even to many of those who were uninterested in the sport, about which he started broadcasting in the 1980s for ITV. McCririck, born in Surbiton, Surrey, worked variously as a waiter, bookmaker and as an award-winning journalist before going on to televised racing punditry. In 1981, he…

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EU research ‘moonshots’ focus on climate crisis

EU research ‘moonshots’ focus on climate crisis

The European Commission unveiled five flagship research and innovation “missions” on Thursday (4 July), two of which are directly aimed at addressing the climate crisis. Former EU climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard will spearhead the first research and innovation mission, on “Adaptation to Climate Change including Societal Transformation”. The fourth mission, meanwhile, will focus on “Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities” and will be led by former Warsaw mayor Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz, highlighting the growing importance of global warming in the EU’s research and innovation agenda. The other three missions also have an environmental…

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