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While their sound may be synonymous with summer in Fort Collins, the outdoor pianos that are part of the city’s Pianos About Town program actually got its start in the middle of winter.

Eight years ago, it was created as way to engage people in a little spontaneous art and music, said Mary Timby, communications manager for the program’s co-sponsor Bohemian Foundation.

The upright pianos were an instant hit, Timby said.

U.S. leagues love playing games abroad. At first it was more just to show off our indigenous sports and hope the simpleminded foreigners would see what they were missing and start playing the red, white and blue games themselves.

In Scotland, some long-time whisky makers are switching over to gin. In Germany, people who distill traditional brandies are doing the same. The world is in the middle of a gin distillery boom, and it is coming to America.

One place to find the roots of this boom is London, where 250 distilleries once existed in the city limits alone.

For Charles Maxwell, this story is personal. "My great-great-grandfather was apprenticed in the city of London in the 1680s to learn how to make gin," Maxwell says. "And from that day to this, we've distilled gin in London."

In the heart of London's Soho sits a gleaming new restaurant — Tincan. The premise is simple: No kitchen, very few staff, and the menu all comes out of a can. Specifically, canned fish.

To many people, canned food conjures up images of stocking up for winter, emergency rations, or — for Brits — the deprivations of World War II.

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A mobile news venture from the venerable BBC, called BBC Pop Up, has released its first video project coinciding with the one-year anniversary of the 2013 Colorado flood.

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Throughout the month of September, the BBC will have a temporary news bureau in Boulder called BBC Pop-Up. It’s a unique journalistic experiment – a mobile bureau that will visit six U.S. cities over the course of six months, gathering stories to report for the BBC’s worldwide audience.

They’re relying on crowdsourcing to determine what those stories should be.

An investigation out on Tuesday documents the abuse of more than 1,400 children in Rotherham, England, and says local authorities were aware of the problem for years and did not respond.

Alexis Jay, who authored the report, used to be chief inspector of social work in Scotland.

TV's longest-running science fiction program is about to get a new hero ... sort of.

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More than the sum of his film work – most notably the critically acclaimed Hunger, Shame, and 12 Years A Slave – the British-born Steve McQueen is also a distinguished visual artist. His works include sculpture, photography and video art.

McQueen’s approach shuns simplicity, challenging people to think deeply about race, ethnicity, and the nature of human conflict.

Crime writer Ann Cleeves puts it best in her novel Dead Water: "Shetland didn't do pretty. It did wild and bleak and dramatic."

The Shetland Islands are a damp and rocky place, with endless miles of green and gray. Humanity seems to cling to the land here like a few tenacious barnacles. "I love the idea of long, low horizons with secrets hidden underneath," Cleeves says.

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