6 people have died in a horror crash involving multiple cars in Birmingham

Birmingham crash

Six people are confirmed dead after a horrific crash involving multiple cars in Birmingham.
A seventh remains in critical condition.
West Midlands Police say the scene was “very difficult and upsetting.”

Six people have died in a horror crash involving multiple cars in Birmingham at 01.00 local time on Sunday. A seventh remains in critical condition.

West Midlands Police confirmed there had been “a number of fatalities,” that the scene was “very difficult and upsetting,” and first responders were “doing their best.”

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said a man and a woman in the first car were taken to Heartlands Hospital for treatment to “relatively minor injuries.”

A second vehicle involved in the incident was “a black cab” and was on it’s side.

“Sadly, there was nothing that could be done to save the driver and he was confirmed dead at the scene,” the spokesperson said. “The man and woman in the back were rapidly extricated. Unfortunately, it was not possible to save the woman and she was also confirmed dead at the scene.

“The man was taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham with the MERIT trauma doctor travelling with the crew. Sadly, he died at hospital.”

Four men were in the third car, three of whom died at the scene. The fourth was rushed to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.

The stretch of road from Islington Row to Bristol Street is expected to remain closed for the rest of the day.

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Here’s what it’s like being a teenage sailor on the Royal Navy’s most powerful aircraft carrier

17-year-old Able Seaman Callum Hui is the youngest member on-board HMS Queen Elizabeth.
He recently returned from a month-long sea trial.
Callum had the honour of cutting the ceremonial cake for the ships commisioning into the Royal Navy fleet.

Business Insider UK was allowed aboard the HMS Queen Elizabeth, the Royal Navy’s most powerful warship.

While on-board we spoke to the ships youngest sailor, 17-year-old Able Seaman Callum Hui, who recently returned from spending a month away during the ships sea trials.

When asked about how it is being the youngest on the ship, he said:

“It doesn’t feel much different to being, you know, one of the other ship’s company to be honest. I get treated exactly the same as everyone else, everyone on-board is very helpful. The first couple of weeks was a bit rocky, not knowing anyone at work. But making friends has been fine, everyone’s very very helpful.”

The Queen had recently visited the ship to officially commision the carrier into the Royal Navy fleet.

Callum had the honour of cutting the ceremonial cake alongside the captain’s wife, using the captain’s very own sword.

Filmed and Produced by David Ibekwe. Special thanks to Kieran Corcoran

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Tracey Thorn on Innervisions by Stevie Wonder: “Full of serious intent – and danceable”

Stevie Wonder

From the Long Players series: writers on their most cherished albums.

My brother bought this album when it came out in 1973. He would have been about 19, and I was ten, and not long afterwards he moved out, leaving a few of his records behind. Among them was this one, which for some reason was sort of adopted by my Dad, by temperament and generation more of a Frank Sinatra/George Shearing sort of man. He took a shine to Stevie Wonder and for a while when he put on a record at Sunday lunchtime, instead of it being Nat King Cole, or Eydie Gorme, it would be Innervisions. My sister and I both loved it too, and so the record represented a rare moment when we were all in musical agreement.

And what a giant of an album it is. Musically diverse and varied. Stevie plays almost every instrument on it, in that crazy-talented way that prefigured Prince. It’s a lyrically profound, conscious record; visionary and impassioned, full of images of struggle and transcendence yet packed with tunes and hits – “Golden Lady”, “All In Love Is Fair”, “Don’t You Worry ‘bout a Thing”, “He’s Misstra Know-It-All”. And perhaps its greatest track, “Living For The City”, a stirring, anti-racist groove anthem.

I remember being overwhelmed by that breathless spoken word section in the middle, the song suddenly becoming a movie as the music breaks down and is replaced by the sound of traffic and the voice of a young man arriving on a Greyhound bus : “New York,” he exclaims, “just like I pictured it, skyscrapers and everything!” Trouble arrives, and chaos ensues, and before you know it he has been crushed by racist cops and prison guards, and then back comes the song – Stevie’s furious, clinging-to-hope final …read more

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Iconic vocalist Keely Smith dies from apparent heart failure at 89

Keely Smith has died at age 89. Here is a press release regarding her death:

“Keely Smith, the iconic singer/performer known for her many solo recordings as well as her musical partnership with first husband Louis Prima died in Palm Springs, CA on Saturday, December 16. She was 89 and under physicians’ care at the time of her passing from apparent heart failure. Born Dorothy Jacqueline Keely in Norfolk VA on March 9, 19 28 of Native American (Cherokee) and Irish parentage, Smith showed a natural aptitude for singing at a young age. At 14, she sang with a naval air station band and at 15, she got her first paying job with the Earl Bennett band.

Smith, still a teenager, auditioned to be the “girl singer” in Prima’s band, got the job and hit the road with them in 1948. She and Prima married in 1953 and had two children together, Toni Prima and Luanne Prima, both of whom survive their mother. The Smith and Prima combination was a potent one both on stage, on television, in films and on records and made Keely Smith a household name. Their partnership earned them a GRAMMY® in 1959, the very first year of the awards, for Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group for their Capitol Records smash hit “That Old Black Magic” which stayed on the charts for 18 weeks. She went on, 42 years later, to receive a Grammy nomination for her 2001 album, Keely Sings Sinatra in the Traditional Pop Vocal category. She revisited “That Old Black Magic” on the 50th Grammy Awards telecast in 2008 when she performed the song as a duet with Kid Rock. She was also seen on the big screen in Hey Boy! Hey …read more

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