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JFK File digitised by The National Archives

To mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of U.S. President John F Kennedy, The National Archives have digitised the British Government's reaction to the events in 1963 and made it available online. The file, known as 11/4582 includes the draft statement prepared for then Prime Minister Alec Douglas-Home in which he told the nation: "You have heard the dreadful news. I find it almost impossible, as I expect you do, to accept the fact that President Kennedy is dead." The file also includes the telegram messages from The Queen and former Prime Minister Harold Macmillan to President Kennedy's widow. There's more information available from the TNA website at http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/news/891.htm
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Take a look at 'a year in archives'

What's been happening at The National Archives can be seen in their new communications release entitled 'a year in archives 2012-13'. To find out what's been going on in archive services all over the country over the last year and to see future plans go the National Archives website. From funding to community archive heritage projects, it's definitely an interesting read.
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UK Airport tries to find the family of 'lost' teddy bear

Recent reports on CNN have raised the plight of a teddy bear left behind at Bristol Airport over a year ago. However, this is no ordinary teddy bear. His rather worn features give a clue to his age as does the photograph that was left with him dating from 1918.

Lost teddy bear at Bristol Airport

Lost teddy bear at Bristol Airport

The picture, produced as a postcard from the studio of Dura Ltd., shows a teddy with two small children in light dresses. The older one, her hair tied in ribbons, has her arm around the bear. Efforts by airport staff and police to trace its owners have also proved fruitless -- so now the airport is hoping the general public can lend a hand in solving the mystery. Some antique experts believe the teddy is a British-made Farnell Bear from the early 1900s. Others believe it could be either French or German. There's more information at the CNN website Anyone with information that might help find the bear's owners should contact: yourairport@bristolairport.com.
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