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BMW is taking another stab at the world of personal electric mobility, this time showing off a new design for an interesting electric cargo trike, as well as a similarly-styled standing electric scooter.

The electric cargo trike is known as the Dynamic Cargo.

It features a larger front wheel and two smaller rear wheels placed on either side of a modular rear cargo area. Typical bicycle-style pedals engage the electric motor to provide powered assistance.

The cargo area is designed to accommodate different cargo attachments for carrying various items from packages to children.

While most delta trikes with two rear wheels suffer from instability in turns, BMW designed the Dynamic Cargo to lean into turns. The frame pivots just forward of the rear wheels and cargo section, meaning the rider and front wheel can lean into turns like a conventional bicycle.

BMW designed the Dynamic Cargo as an improvement over most long-tail electric cargo bikes, as the size still fits the length of a typical bicycle. The cargo is also mounted lower to the ground to increase stability and ease of loading.

The only problem is that along with the new debut, BMW has simultaneously stated that it will not be producing the Dynamic Cargo electric trike. Instead, it is hoping to find another manufacturer that wants to license the design for third-party production.

So we likely won’t see a BMW Dynamic Cargo, but the design isn’t necessarily dead on arrival either.

Another design that BMW unveiled but won’t be producing is a companion electric scooter known as the Clever Commuter. It looks similarly styled to the Dynamic Cargo but offers a more traditional standing scooter design. “Traditional” might not be the best word here, though, as the appearance is certainly novel.

The electric scooter design features an innovative folding mechanism that shortens the scooter’s wheelbase by also folding back the rear wheel, which BMW showed off by illustrating how it can be carried sideways onto an escalator.

That might sound like a random example, but it’s actually quite important for the millions of people who hop on a subway or otherwise ride an escalator to get to a train platform for their commutes.

A front hub motor provides power to the scooter, and both the Clever Commuter scooter and Dynamic Cargo trike use removable batteries rated for 20 km (12 mi) of range.

That’s not particularly impressive range based on current industry standards.

But then again, BMW isn’t actually producing these new designs, so perhaps range isn’t their biggest concern.


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Kim Kardashian leaves tag on Balenciaga dress at Paris Fashion Show event

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Kim Kardashian leaves tag on Balenciaga dress at Paris Fashion Show event

Kim Kardashian turned heads at a Paris Fashion Week event on Sunday with a possible fashion faux-pas – or did she mean it?

The reality TV star and businesswoman wore a black dress to a Balenciaga show in the French capital with the tag still hanging from the back.

The word Balenciaga was clearly visible as she walked by and posed for photographers, with the tag appearing to swing slightly and hit her back.

She shared an Instagram story showing the tag still attached to the back of the lace turtleneck outfit, which had long sleeves that covered beyond her hand.

Kardashian captioned the video with text saying: “It’s always Balenciaga for me.”

The tag then appeared to be absent once she was inside the venue.

The models for the Autumn-Winter 2024-2025 season show also walked the runways with clothing that had rectangle labels tied to strings.

Kardashian checked out the new looks alongside tennis legend Serena Williams, who wore a blue fur-style coat and a black dress.

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The reality star, 43, is known for her long association with the brand, and walked her first Paris couture show with Balenciaga in July 2022.

In 2021, she wore a full-length Balenciaga black outfit completely covering her face at the Met Gala.

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Tracy-Ann Oberman: Death threats against Jewish actress see security ramped up at West End theatre

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Tracy-Ann Oberman: Death threats against Jewish actress see security ramped up at West End theatre

Actress Tracy-Ann Oberman is used to her work speaking for itself.

She’s known to many for her roles on Doctor Who, Eastenders and as “Auntie Val” in the Channel 4 sitcom Friday Night Dinner.

But at a time when she’s arguably hitting her creative stride, winning critical acclaim in the West End, the actress has also had to deal with death threats – a response to her challenging antisemitism she sees online.

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The Merchant of Venice in the West End

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On stage. Pic: Marc Brenner

She said: “My identity has never felt a huge part of my creative life, but in recent years, particularly in the arts world, which likes to see itself as progressive and inclusive, I think I’ve ended up becoming a spokesperson for many Jewish people and allies in the arts who have often felt like a lone voice, who have felt intimidated and often felt frightened to talk about their identity. And I don’t think that is right.”

Sky News caught up with Oberman during rehearsals of a new musical based on a BBC radio play she wrote: Bette And Joan And Baby Jane.

It is an imagining of the backstage bitterness between Hollywood legends Bette Davis and Joan Crawford in the 1960s during the making of the film Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?

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On stage. Pic: Marc Brenner

She said: “I wanted to write something about women getting to 50 and losing their power in the entertainment industry.

“I don’t think we should hurtle towards our forties thinking ‘Oh, you know, where do we stand in the creative industry and in the world?’

“I think we’re coming into a duchess era, I think it’s possible to do anything and I’d like to think I’m giving hope to people for that.”

At this stage in her career, she’s certainly impressing theatre critics with her role in the West End reinvention of Shakespeare’s The Merchant Of Venice.

Obermann speaks to Sky's Katie Spencer

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Starring as a female Shylock, based, she says, on her own grandmother, the play has been re-set in 1930s London as fascism sweeps across Europe.

In the traditional version, Shylock is a Venetian Jewish moneylender and the play’s principal villain.

“By putting a female shylock at the centre of that it ties in misogyny and racism against all minorities,” she explained.

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But while she’s enjoying a creatively fruitful moment in her career, there’s also the threat to her life.

In response, security at the Criterion Theatre has been ramped up.

Oberman said: “You know, we’re living in very febrile times… I don’t understand how we’re living in a time where a Jewish actress who is putting on a production of The Merchant Of Venice is needing to have all this security, it just feels extraordinary.”

Amid the ongoing Israel-Hamas war in Gaza, cases of both Islamophobia and antisemitism have spiked.

Oberman thinks her industry hasn’t done enough to challenge it.

She said: “The industry should take note because if it was happening to other minorities, I’d like to think that people would be horrified.”

Bette And Joan And Baby Jane: The Musical is being staged at JW3 on 4 March, with performances at 4pm and 7.30pm.

The Merchant Of Venice 1936 continues its West End run at the Criterion Theatre, London, until 23 March.

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Raye smashes Brits record for most wins in one year as Kylie Minogue closes show after taking global icon gong

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Raye smashes Brits record for most wins in one year as Kylie Minogue closes show after taking global icon gong

Raye has smashed the record for the most Brit awards won in any one year – taking home six prizes including best song, best artist and best album.

The star was visibly emotional as she collected the statuette for best album for her debut, My 21st Century Blues, saying: “You just don’t understand what this means to me.”

She was joined by her grandma, Agatha, on stage, and apologised as she broke down in tears, joking: “I’m ugly crying on national television.”

The star told the crowd that her middle name is also Agatha, and added: “My grandma is awake ’til 3am praying for me and my beautiful sisters.”

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Raye calls success ‘a miracle’

Raye, 26, also won the awards for best R&B act, best new artist, and songwriter of the year – a gong that was announced ahead of the ceremony – and performed a medley of her songs including Ice Cream Man and Escapism during the show.

Before her trophy sweep, the record for most Brits won in a night was four, held jointly by Harry Styles, Adele and Blur – but that has now been smashed.

It marks an incredible journey for the London-born singer, who called out her former label in 2021 and went on to release her debut album on her own terms as an independent star.

She topped the charts at the start of 2023 and was also shortlisted for the prestigious Mercury Prize last year – now she is a Brits record-breaker. Speaking to Sky News on the red carpet ahead of the show, she described everything that has happened to her in the last few years as “a miracle”.

Raye only lost out on one prize – best pop act, which went to Dua Lipa.

Kylie Minogue – truly a global icon

Kylie Minogue performing on stage during the Brit Awards 2024 at the O2 Arena. Pic: PA
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Ladies and gentleman, your Brits global icon: Kylie Minogue. Pic: PA

The show was closed by Kylie Minogue, who performed a medley of her hits with an array of costume changes – starting with 2023 smash Padam Padam and including Can’t Get You Out Of My Head, Love At First Sight and All The Lovers – after being named this year’s global icon.

Her award was announced with a look back at her five-decade spanning career, taking in her journey from I Should Be So Lucky to Padam Padam, via Can’t Get You Out Of My Heard and an array of her other hits.

Accepting her prize, the Australian star paid tribute to Raye’s achievement, saying: “I’m just going to be sobbing with Raye – Raye you did that.”

Minogue told the audience that there is still “a part of me that’s the 14-year-old girl in the room dreaming of making music”.

Talking to music students in the room, she said: “I just feel your promise and I’m so excited for you.”

“I love you, and I will always love you, you have my heart,” the icon added.

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Dua Lipa on stage after winning the award for Best Pop Act during the Brit Awards 2024 at the O2 Arena, London. Picture date: Saturday March 2, 2024. PA Photo. See PA story SHOWBIZ Brits. Photo credit should read: James Manning/PA Wire
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Dua Lipa opened the show – and was also named best pop act. Pic: James Manning/PA

Elsewhere, Jungle were named group of the year, while in the other genre categories, which are voted for by the public, Bring Me The Horizon took home the best alternative/rock act award, Casisdead won best hip-hop/grime/rap act, and Calvin Harris was this year’s dance act winner.

In the international categories, Miley Cyrus’s Flowers was named best song, boygenius were named best group, and SZA was named best artist.

The full list of awards won by Raye (and some by other stars)

Album of the year – Raye, My 21st Century Blues
Artist of the year – Raye
Song of the year – Raye ft 070 Shake, Escapism
Best new artist – Raye
R&B act – Raye
Songwriter of the year – Raye
Group of the year – Jungle
International artist of the year – SZA
International group of the year – boygenius
International song of the year – Miley Cyrus, Flowers
Alternative/ rock act – Bring Me The Horizon
Hip-hop/ grime/ rap act – Casisdead
Dance act – Calvin Harris
Pop act – Dua Lipa
Producer of the year – Chase & Status
Brits global icon – Kylie Minogue
Brits rising star – The Last Dinner Party

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