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Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NEWS -

■ Ac­tor Daniel Rad­cliffe came to the aid of a man who was mugged by moped-rid­ing at­tack­ers in London. For­mer po­lice of­fi­cer David Vide­cette told the Evening Stan­dard news­pa­per that two moped rid­ers at­tacked a man just off the up­mar­ket

King’s Road in west London, slash­ing him across the face and mak­ing off with a Louis Vuit­ton bag. He said he saw 27-year-old Rad­cliffe con­sol­ing the vic­tim af­ter the at­tack. A spokesman for Rad­cliffe con­firmed Tues­day that the Harry Pot­ter star had been present but gave no other de­tails, call­ing it a po­lice mat­ter. The Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice force said of­fi­cers were called Fri­day to re­ports of a rob­bery in the area, in which a man in his 50s suf­fered a cut to the face. There have been no ar­rests. ■ Two hun­dred years to the day af­ter Jane Austen died, a new 10-pound note fea­tur­ing an im­age of one of Eng­land’s most revered au­thors has been un­veiled — right where she was buried. At the un­veil­ing Tues­day of the new “ten­ner” at Winchester Cathe­dral in south­ern Eng­land, Bank of Eng­land’s gover­nor, Mark Car­ney, said the new note cel­e­brates the “univer­sal ap­peal” of Austen’s work. Austen, whose nov­els in­cludePride and Prej­u­dice, Emma and Sense and Sen­si­bil­ity, chron­i­cled English coun­try life and mores in the Ge­or­gian era. Com­bin­ing wit, ro­mance and so­cial com­men­tary, her books have been adapted count­less times for tele­vi­sion and film. “Our ban­knotes serve as repos­i­to­ries of the coun­try’s col­lec­tive mem­ory, pro­mot­ing aware­ness of the United King­dom’s glo­ri­ous his­tory and high­light­ing the con­tri­bu­tions of its great­est cit­i­zens,” Car­ney said. The new note is to go into circulation on Sept. 14. Apart from Queen El­iz­a­beth II, whose por­trait is on all U.K. cur­rency, Austen is only the third woman to fea­ture on a mod­ern-day Bri­tish bank note, af­ter med­i­cal in­no­va­tor Florence Nightin­gale and so­cial reformer El­iz­a­beth Fry. As well as a por­trait of Austen, the note fea­tures a quote from Pride and Prej­u­dice : “I de­clare af­ter all there is no en­joy­ment like read­ing!”

■ Nathan Bartling, an Amer­i­can ex­pa­tri­ate in Thai­land who is a YouTube star with

3.29 mil­lion sub­scribers, is in hot water for post­ing a video of flat­ten­ing coins on rail­road tracks. Bartling, whose YouTube se­ries is called “My Mate Nate,” was de­tained by po­lice af­ter a news con­fer­ence Mon­day dur­ing which he apol­o­gized and said he would try to make amends by pro­mot­ing the state rail­way. The 24-year-old from Chino Hills, Calif., had al­ready taken down the video af­ter an on­line hub­bub claim­ing he risked de­rail­ing a train. Po­lice charged him with rail­way ob­struc­tion, tres­pass­ing and dam­ag­ing rail­way prop­erty. The myth-bust­ing web­site as well pop­u­lar science blogs agree that a coin placed on a rail won’t de­rail a train.

The Jane Austen 10-pound note



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