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Banksy’s Shredding Prank Misfired, He Says: β€˜In Rehearsals It Worked Every Time’

By ALEX MARSHALL

The mechanism that cut apart the $1.4 million “Girl With Balloon” jammed, the artist revealed in a video. The work was meant to be completely destroyed.

Q. & A.: Val McDermid on What It’s Like Judging the Man Booker Prize

By ALEX MARSHALL

She read 171 books for the prestigious literary prize. “On Oct. 17, I’m going to sit down and read a book I have no obligation to read,” she said.

How Asian Social Media Transformed a Quiet U.K. Walking Spot

By AMIE TSANG

“When we search for London on social media, it’s the first thing we see,” said one South Korean who visited the Seven Sisters cliffs, two hours south of London.

A Landmark Achievement for a Painting by a Woman, Upstaged by a Man

By SCOTT REYBURN

A work by the British painter Jenny Saville sold for $12.4 million, an auction high for a living female artist. But Banksy’s prank grabbed the headlines.

Square Feet: In London, Olympic Park’s Legacy Is Sustainability

By AMIE TSANG

London’s ability to draw businesses to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park six years after the Summer Games has attracted the attention of other host cities.

Winning Bidder for Shredded Banksy Painting Says She’ll Keep It

By SCOTT REYBURN

Banksy’s latest prank, which cost a European bidder $1.4 million, has been renamed and recertified.

It Once Caused Earthquakes. Now a Driller in Britain Tries Fracking Again

By STANLEY REED

Battling big expense and persistent protests, Cuadrilla Resources returns to again attempt shale gas production after its first effort triggered small tremors.

Banksy Painting Self-Destructs After Fetching $1.4 Million at Sotheby’s

By SCOTT REYBURN

The British street artist Banksy appeared to pull off one of his most spectacular pranks on Friday night, with a frame that shredded his “Girl With Balloon” after it sold.

In London’s Vegan Fish-and-Chip Shop, Banana Blossoms Play Cod

By CEYLAN YEGINSU

A new “chippie” in Hackney specializes in the proprietor’s own fish substitute, marinated and carefully deep-fried.

In London, a Frenzied Frieze Week in the Shadow of Brexit

By SCOTT REYBURN

The city was teeming with foreign visitors for the art fairs, auctions and exhibitions. But Britain’s exit from the European Union was weighing on many minds.

Unilever Reverses Plan to Close London Headquarters

By KEVIN GRANVILLE

Shareholders opposed the move to streamline the company, which would have been a symbolic blow to Britain as it negotiates to leave the European Union.

London’s Radio Pirates Changed Music. Then Came the Internet.

By ANNALISA QUINN

Renegade broadcasters fostered styles from rave to grime. But competition from online and community FM stations means pirate radio is dying out.

Pret A Manger Starts Labeling Food With Allergens

By AMIE TSANG

The British sandwich chain was criticized for inadequate labeling after a 15-year-old girl died after eating one of its sandwiches.

National Theater in London Offers Glasses With Live Subtitles

By ALEX MARSHALL

To help those with hearing problems, speech is shown in real time on the lenses. The technology will be available free during the 2019 season.

With a Growing Urgency, Boris Johnson Grabs the Limelight

By STEPHEN CASTLE

At the Conservative Party’s annual conference, Mr. Johnson excoriated Theresa May’s Brexit plan. But is the political tide working against his hope to replace her?

Britain Dispatch: British Rail Companies Have a Message: We’re Sorry. Very Sorry. Apologies.

By DAVID SEGAL

With passengers across the country outraged by delays, one rail line’s social media team masters the fine art of apologizing. All together, “sorry” has been tweeted 417,000 times by train companies.

On Crowded London Streets, Councils Fight a Flood of Phone Boxes

By BENJAMIN MUELLER

Proposals for hundreds of public phones plastered with ads have set off a battle over Britain’s public space.

On Baseball: Suffering Knows No Bounds, Which Is Why Mets Fans Are Everywhere

By JAMES WAGNER

Northern Ireland, the Netherlands, Stockholm, England. The Mets have made inroads across the globe even as they often flounder in the N.L. East.

Jeremy Corbyn, in Labour Speech, Vows to Fight Capitalist β€˜Greed’

By STEPHEN CASTLE

Mr. Corbyn, speaking at a party conference, outlined a “radical plan to rebuild and transform” Britain. The party remains split on Brexit.

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