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Old February 26th, 2024, 08:28 AM   #29421
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Old February 26th, 2024, 09:58 AM   #29422
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George Michael coin unveiled by the Royal Mint
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The Royal Mint has unveiled a new collectable coin featuring the late pop star George Michael.

Michael, who grew up in Hertfordshire, formed Wham! with fellow Bushey Meads School pupil Andrew Ridgeley.

The collectable features a headshot of Michael wearing his trademark sunglasses and an engraving of the refrain from his song Faith.

The colours black and red feature on part of the coin, as they were used prominently throughout his career.

George Michael Entertainment said it was "deeply honoured" by the tribute from the Royal Mint, Llantrisant, Rhondda Cynon Taf.

It added that the singer would have been "enormously proud and genuinely touched that a national institution should have decided to pay tribute to his memory in this way".

In December, the band's song Last Christmas reached number one in the UK singles chart, 39 years after it was first released.

Sandra Deiana, the coin's designer, explained she wanted "a detailed portrait that captured his charismatic expression. I was particularly thinking of his iconic sunglasses".

The coin will be the latest addition to the Royal Mint's Music Legends series, which has featured artists such as David Bowie, Elton John and Queen.

Michael spent his early years in Edgware, London, before he moved with his family to Radlett, Hertfordshire, in the 1970s.

He was living in Goring, Oxfordshire, when he died, in 2016.

The singer-songwriter has a blue plaque in his honour at Bushey Meads School.

Steve Stunt, of the George Michael Appreciation Society of Bushey, said he had requested a collectable coin of the singer from the Royal Mint several times over the last few years.

He said: "I think it's fantastic, something memorable for us all to keep, and the recognition from Royal Mint is awesome."
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Tube workers accept pay deal of up to 11% unions say
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Trade unions representing transport workers on the London Underground have accepted a pay offer.

Transport for London's (TfL) director of customer operations for London Underground, Nick Dent, said the deal with the four unions, including Unite, was "good news for London".

The Unite union said it "overwhelmingly accepted" the revised pay offer which will see pay rises ranging from 5.8% to 11%, with those on the lowest pay grades seeing the biggest increases.

But it added that "significant industrial issues on Londonís transport network" still remained.

A Transport for London (TfL) spokesperson said the pay offer pay rise is 5% for one year with additional funding from the mayor allowing lower paid workers to receive a bigger percentage increase.

The other unions involved in talks were the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT), Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen (Aslef) and Transport Salaried Staffs' Association (TSSA).

Finn Brennan, Aslef's full-time organiser on London Underground, said: "It's good that the 2023 pay talks have finally concluded.

"Aslef will be submitting our claim for improvements to pay and conditions for 2024 in the next few weeks," she said.

Pay disputes remain active on other parts of the TfL network, including planned strike action on the Overground, external early next month.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said he was "delighted" that a pay settlement with Tube workers had been reached.

"This welcome news is a reminder of what can be achieved when you engage and talk with transport workers," he added.

Unite's regional secretary for London and Eastern Steve O'Donnell said the deal was an "important step" but added that it was "far from the end of the road".
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