DID England and Chelsea captain John Terry racially abuse QPR defender Anton Ferdinand? Coming after the allegation that Liverpool’s Suarez called Manchester United’s Evra a nigger, this looks like more bad news for football (Suarez denies the charge.).
The allegation is that Terry called Ferdinand a black c**t.
Terry’s explanation is that the conversation went like this:
Ferdinand: “Did you just call me a f***ing black c***?”
Terry: “Oi! I never said f***ing black c*** you f***ing knobhead.”
Terry issues a statement:
“I’ve seen that there’s a lot of comments on the internet with regards to some video footage of me in today’s game. I’m disappointed that people have leapt to the wrong conclusions about the context of what I was seen to be saying to Anton Ferdinand. I thought Anton was accusing me of using a racist slur against him. I responded aggressively, saying that I never used that term. I would never say such a thing, and I’m saddened that people would think so. I have known Anton for a long time and spoke to him about it after the game, and there was no problem between us. I congratulated him on their win. He has not accused me of any wrongful remark. It was clear it was all a misunderstanding at the time. After the result, I am saddened to be dealing with these wrongful allegations. I am the proud captain of one of the most internationally diverse teams in the Premier League and I absolutely believe that there is no place for racism in sport and indeed in any walk of life.”
Context is important. In this age of the internet, where words can be taken out of context and played with – where political discourse is reduced as the players dare not use irony – words can take on new meanings.
THE holders of Col. Muammar Gaddafi’s now rapidly decomposing and odorous body still have made no public announcement re disposal arrangements for the murdered tyrant.
Perhaps the new interim Libyan Government wants to elevate Gaddafi to Royal standard.
It is normal in muslim deaths, sudden or otherwise, for the body to be washed and buried as quickly as possible. The speed comes from the wish to keep a healthy surviving population in hot climates.
Photo: The curious queue to see Gaddafi’s rotting corpse
Britain’s Royal Family has a habit of prolonging things a little. When Queen Elizabeth (“Never, Never, Never trust a German”) the Queen Mother died at 101-years-old on March 30, 2002 she Lay in State until her April 9 funeral when she was paraded through London before being interred at Windsor Castle.
JESSICA Donaldson says he did not have sex with Prince Harry. The Sun says:
PRINCE Harry and his Californian cocktail waitress spent the night together in his £80 hotel room… Tattooed Jessica Donaldson, 26, was seen leaving Harry’s suite at 10.30am before getting into a waiting car.
Jessica, known as Jes, then went back with Harry to the Courtyard Marriott hotel in Solano Beach, California, after their latest date.
HILLARY CLINTON, the USA Secretary of State, wants the United Kingdom’s worst mass murderer convicted of the Lockerbie bombing back in a Scots jail.
Her demand came as Libyans celebrated freedom from 42 years of Gaddafi. The street parties coincided with the discovery of mass killings in Gaddafi’s last stronghold Sirte. The New York Times says mutilated bodies of 58 pro-Gaddafi officials and bodyguards, many Black, were found in the grounds of a hotel which had been held by the militia attacking the town.
The bodies are thought to have been there at least a week. All shown signs of abuse and execution. One was decapitated.
The USA Secretary of State had another attack on the Scottish move of freeing Abdelbaset al Megrahi on compassionate grounds in 2009. She also said if the Scots refused then someone else may feel the bomber’s collar.
The Herald, Glasgow, reports:
‘She said: “We want to see him returned to prison, preferably in Scotland, where he was serving the sentence, but if not, elsewhere, because we thought it was a miscarriage of justice that he was released from the sentence that had been imposed for the ghastly bombing of Pan Am 103.” ‘
X FACTOR Monday: the Daily Mirror leads with news of Misha Bryan, the Manchester wannabe dubbed Misha B by the marketing-minded judges and a nod to text messaging. The front-page headline informs us:
“I WAS A BULLY..BUT I’LL CHANGE”
That ellipse was teasing. Anorak had supposed that in the lust for ratings and something original, we might have got:
“I was a bully.. And I loved it”
“I was bully.. Vote for me or I’ll kick your face in”
Instead we get the usual recovery position in which the X Factor starlet is presented as a victim. The opening line of Mark Jefferies’ report tells us:
BROUGHT up by an aunt, Misha Bryan was 10 when she discovered her mum had abandoned her at just three months…
That’s an undeniably sad story. And it’s why she became a bully, right?
Speaking of the trouble she got into as a 15-year-old at Trinity High in Hulme, Manchester, she said: “At school I was bullied – and I did bully people myself, but I am a different person now.”
WHEN American Football’s Super Bowl is on the telly tradition dictates that fans of actual football – what may be called Rest of The World Football – pop to the shops, creosote the fence or wash the car.
Tonight, American football came to London, demanding not to be ignored. As a prelude there was a stage show in Trafalgar Square, from which passing aliens may have gleaned that American Football is a semi-naked Stripper Smack Down featuring competing teams of cheerleaders trying to out high kick each other over an electric-organ driven soundtrack and whooping.
TODAY is officially the first day of Libya’s After Gaddafi independent existence.
A bright new future awaits.
Perhaps, maybe…they just might do it.
Unlikely. This is a huge and fractured desert tribal state with the only vestige of urban civilisation in the coastal cities.
Times is hard for your average jobbing war correspondent. Any militant with a charged up mobile phone can make an idiot of you in seconds.
Classic examples were spitting from the plasma screens last Thursday morning as a (probably) very shocked Libya National Transitional Council tried to keep the lid on the fact Muammar Gaddafi had been bumped off. Slaughtered by a rabble militia milling around a Sirte exit road drainage pipe and arguing among themselves whether Gaddafi and his also captured son lived or died.
Recently Katie was spotted by the front door belonging to a pal of former Kelly Brook lover Danny Cipriani. Now, she has been spotted near to Danny Caprirani’s front door.
Anorak notices a Tumblr blog or meme in the making: Katie Price’s Life By Doors, a coffee table reader in which the nation’s biggest knockers stand by the country’s most famous doors.
She’s 26 and, according to the Sun, is a dead ringer for Kate Middleton.
Is this the real story? Forget those tabloid tales of Harry and Pippa Middleton, it’s the older sister Harry really wants. He’s scoured the world for His Kate, most recently the North Pole and finally found someone who looks just like his sister-in-law living in San Diego.
Granted, Jessica has tattoos, is shorter than Kate, has a more bulbous nose, less luxurious hair, on orangey hue, higher forehead and has never shopped in Jigsaw, but to the Sun’s experts she is a dead ringer for Princess Katherine.
Helpfully, LiLo’s far from trustworthy father has decided to chip in with his opinion.
“That’s from smoking a pipe with meth or crack. She’s smoking either crack or meth, one or the other. I’m not going to shade it.”
“If you’re talking about prescription medication it would affect all your teeth, not just two.”
The editorial published in ifeng sums up:
DID Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard bow when she met Her Majesty The Queen at Government House in Canberra? Or does the Republican have constipation? When they first met the Welsh-born Aussie leader failed to curtsy, an oddly churlish move that only makes the grandstanding non-curtsying woman look chippy and sly. Are Republicans just suffering from an inferiority complex?
One subject who did curtsy to the Queen (5ft 4ins) – or stoop – was six foot eight London born Australian basketball star Elizabeth Cambage, 20, who embraced her height by standing atop four-inch heels.
“I curtsied, and she shook my hand. She said, ‘You must be a basketball player.’ I said, ‘What gave it away?’ She said, ‘You are very tall – it must be an easy advantage… She was tiny, a little tiny delicate thing. She was sweet. Very queeny. She just carries herself with so much grace and has the time to meet everyone. She is really lovely.”
THE murder after the capture of Muammar Gaddifi shames us all. There was no Geneva Convention no honours of war. It was a horrible and bloody act committed by a baying pack. (And the Sun loves them.)
There were the usual platitudes: “died of wounds while being transported“, “caught in cross-fire” and at last one brave rebel stood up and told the world he had shot, the unarmed, Gaddifi through the liver and then temple.
It was not the act of a group fit to rule and augers badly for Libya after 42 years of subjugation by the Gaddifi family. That family had also supported and armed the IRA and terrorist groups throughout the world as part of Gaddifi’s mad world revolution plan.
COLONEL Gaddafi is dead – killed by his own countrymen. Murdered by the mob. The British press react.
The Daily Mirror leads with news that he begged for his life. We don’t know this. All we know is that the rebels tells us:
The cowardly dictator screamed “don’t shoot, don’t shoot” as rebels finally closed in to end his 42-year reign of brutality, mayhem and murder once and for all. But 69-year-old Mad Dog’s pleas fell on deaf ears and the seething Libyan gunmen dragged him from the pipe, battered him senseless then executed him with shots to his legs and head at 8.30am.
Had Gaddafi stood up straight and tall and declared in a cut-glass accent words along the lines of “Hurrah for anarchy! This is the happiest moment of my life” or “There is no God but Allah and Muhammad is God’s messenger” or “Take a step forward, lads. It will be easier that way” would the rebels have relayed his message to the world?
The Belfast Telegraph describes Gaddafi as the “man who brought murder to our streets“. Gaddafi was a friend to the IRA, supplying them with weapons.
ON the day Colonel Gaddafi was killed in Libya, news from the past of another despot on special offer (these photos are great):
RICKY Gervais, star of sniggering, self-regarding unfunny and lazy sitcoms featuring his self-depracting showbiz chums in which he plays David Brent (is he acting?), has been making fun of spazmos, sorry, retards, sorry, mongs.
Gervais says mong means someone who is stupid not somene who has Down’s Syndrome. And that’s odd because no-one told us. But Gervais was at the meeting and he says it’s okay to use a term that insults the disabled to insult the able bodied, too. He’s posted a few photos of himself making mong faces on twitter.
“Good monging, everyone!” he says.
COLONEL Gaddafi is dead.
This is the picture released by French news agency AFP to confirm the death of despot Colonel Gaddafi
He was killed during the taking of his last refuge his home town of Sirte and after his escape convoy had been attacked by Nato aircraft
PAUL Moran, 30, tried to turn his faeces into pure gold by placing them on a heater – an electric one – at his flat in Derrin Park, Enniskillen. It was 7:14pm on July 24, 2010 – a balmy summer’s night.
At Enniskillen Magistrates Court, Moran admitted arson and endangering human life. He has been jailed for three months for causing around £3,000 worth of damage to his Housing Executive home.
Upon his release he will spend a further 12 months on licence.
His Honour Judge McFarland told him:
“Rather bizarrely you were attempting to make gold from human faeces and waste products. It was an interesting experiment to fulfil the alchemist’s dream, but wasn’t going to succeed.”
FORMER FIFA Vice-President Jack Warner says football’s world governing body is racist, zionist and discriminates against non-whites .
Warner, still Trinidad and Tobago’s Minister of Works, says so in a letter to the Trinidad Guardian newspaper. It gives no detail to support the allegations, claiming he will reveal all after sacked FIFA Vice-President Mohamed Bin Hammam’s case at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Warner was due to appear in the same FIFA Ethics Committee inquiry which booted out Bin Hammam but quit before the hearing and did not appear.
“I will talk about the racism that is within FIFA,” Warner said, “I will talk about the zionism, which probably is the most important reason why this acrid attack on Bin Hammam and me was mounted. There is much to talk about that will make sponsors cringe with painful surprise.”
THE Hillsborough Disaster continues to make news.Theresa May, the Home Secretary, says she will do her utmost to make it so that official documents relating to the deaths of 96 Liverpool fans in 1989 are published.
Sir Oliver Popplewell says the Hillborough families should move on. But how can you move on when justice has not been done? Popplewell chaired a public inquiry into deaths of 56 people in a fire at Bradford City’s Valley Parade stadium in May 1985. He writes a letter to the Times:
In the aftermath of other large tragedies, those affected have behaved with quiet dignity and great courage
Sir, Many years ago I had the responsibility of conducting a public inquiry into the fire at Bradford City FC. I was also concerned with the riot at Heysel Stadium, Belgium, caused by Liverpool football fans. Both these events were no less tragic than the events at Hillsborough (“Hillsborough families say papers must be released”, Oct 18).
The citizens of Bradford behaved with quiet dignity and great courage. They did not harbour conspiracy theories. They did not seek endless further inquiries. They buried their dead, comforted the bereaved and succoured the injured. They organised a sensible compensation scheme and moved on.
Is there, perhaps, a lesson there for the Hillsborough campaigners?
Sir Oliver Popplewell
Two protestors ahve been tasered by police.
A caravan has been set on fire.
Electricity has been cut off.
Rocks and liquids are tossed at police. The Basildon Echo says protestors are urinating on police.
“F*** the police, no justice, no peace.”
A woman tells Sky News:
All I’ve been prepared to do is put my body in the way of harm. The fact that these baliffs have been paid so much to rip apart families and take them from their home here is disgusting. The justice system has massively failed these people.”
Tony Ball, the leader of Basildon council says:
The time for talking is over. We have given the travellers’ every chance to leave peacefully and they have not taken it. Now our job is to clear the site in a safe and humane manner. It is quite clear to me that the majority of the public want us to do that. My biggest fear is that somebody – be it a bailiff, a police officer, a traveller or a supporter – gets hurt. I would call on those inside Dale Farm to behave sensibly and responsibly.
Is her for real? He adds not long after:
The pre-meditated and organised scenes of violence that we have already seen with protesters throwing rocks and bricks, threatening police with iron bars and setting fire to a caravan are shocking. These are utterly disgraceful scenes and demonstrate the fact some so-called supporters were always intent on violence. Nonetheless we are going to press on with this operation with our partners in a safe, dignified and humane way and will uphold the law.
Mary Sheridan (traveller):
“The only premeditated violence has come from the police- they knew exactly what they were doing when they started beating and tazering people. This is not how a community should be treated by its own Council. It’s illegal for us to travel, but illegal for us to settle down here. We’re getting hit by the police but we’ve got nowhere else to go.”
The Rosy-Fingered Dawn
As daylight was just beginning to break over Dale Farm a line riot police appeared on the road leading to the front gate their shields illumunated by headlights from a row of vans behind.A siren from behind the barricades was sounded as a polce tactical adviser came to talk to the activist telling them they were there to protect them. A shout of fascist came from behind the gate. – Richard Alleyne, Daily Telegraph
A spokesman says:
“Officers have this morning entered the Dale Farm site following intelligence which informed the commanders that anyone entering the site was likely to come up against violence and a serious breach of the peace would occur. Intelligence received indicated protesters had stockpiled various items with the intent of using these against bailiffs and police. The first officers on the site were attacked with missiles being thrown, including rocks and liquids. These officers were fully equipped to deal with this situation.”
Christian Papaleontiou of the Home Office’s policing directorate told the Commons home affairs select committee that Tasers should not be used “as a crowd control measure”.
He told the committee:
“We again support the ACPO guidance, which is very clear that Tasers should not be used in terms of a crowd control measure in public order scenarios.”
Nora Egan, who claims she suffered back injuries in a confrontation with police. She said: “This is being led by the police, there is no sign of bailiffs.”
“They started as seven families and now it has grown, illegally ever since. If we didn’t make a stand here we’d have no more green belt land left. They’d be setting up all over the Lake District. Our local authority has had to make a stand to show the rest of the country. If we had allowed this site to grow it would have got bigger and bigger until the travellers outnumbered the villagers.”
The Activist Jake Fulton
“They’re torturing people up there. We are trying to resist peacefully”
John Baron MP for Basildon and Billericay:
“We’ve been on the right side of this issue for the last eight years. Now we’re here we’re not going to rush our fences, we are going to do this safely. Police are using minimum force required, but when you have protesters throwing rocks and holding iron bars they have to protect themselves. We still hope this will be a peaceful site clearance. There cannot be one law for travellers and another for residents.”
The Bishop of Chelmsford, Stephen Cottrell:
“As we witness the sad and difficult eviction of the travelling community from Dale Farm, let us pray that it happens peacefully and that no one is hurt or injured. But let us also remember that this eviction does not solve the problem but moves it somewhere else. These families are going to have to sleep somewhere tonight. What is needed is a national solution to provide travelling communities with stable, permanent and, if they wish, settled sites so that their culture and community can be maintained and flourish within the law.”
Basildon Council say:
Although the cost itemised above includes an operational contingency there is a possibility that operational expenditure may exceed the £5m indicated. In this instance it will be necessary for an additional budget to be agreed to ensure the safe and successful completion of the site clearance. It is therefore proposed that the Chief Executive and Leader of the Council be delegated authority to approve additional expenditure up to a maximum of £1.5m bringing estimated costs of site clearance to £6.5m. Added to the £1.5m post operation costs, that equals £8m.
Polly Curtis says:
The council has a budget of £8m for the evictions, the police operation is thought to be around £10m with some suggestions that it could stretch to over £12.5m. The total bill is put at £18m by the council and £20.13m by the Dale Farm Solidarity campaign group.
But these figures are extremely provisional and don’t include the costs of the delays to the evictions after the court action last month.
Dale Farm Solidarity:
Dale Farm is the largest community of its kind, and its eviction is among the biggest in recorded history. Eighty two families are facing the fact that they have nowhere to sleep tonight. The operation to do this has cost the taxpayer at least £18m.
Dale Farm’s size has also awakened many in Britain to the criminalisation of Travellers. Today’s operation has been harrowing for all the families and supporters involved. We have seen the police enter the site by smashing through a legal plot that was assumed to be safe by elderly residents seeking refuge. As police sledgehammered a wall on this plot, these elderly residents were seriously injured.
A Dale Farm mother is in hospital and can’t move her legs after being beaten by police; tasers have been used, despite being declared inappropriate for public order situations; and seven people have been taken away in ambulances. But how did it get to this?
FORMER UK Defence Secretary Dr Liam Fox broke most of the rules in the book.
It turns out the Civil Service knew of and disliked young Mr Adam Werrity’s cast iron determination to stick close to the shirt tails of the former UK Defence Secretary.
Predictably, the relationship eventually forced the 50-year-old Dr Liam Fox’s resignation.
The, it has to be said, fleeting inquiry into the affairs of State and definitely non Statesman-like activities of Dr Fox while in charge of one of Britain’s biggest spending departments has hammered Fox and said he fell woefully short of what should be expected of a Minister.
IT’S hard to know who to question more: the parents of an 11-year-old child who are prepared to change his sex puberty, or the hideous media workers who compare the child to a retarded kitten, ignore the few facts available and judge to damnation:
A LESBIAN couple in California who say their 11-year-old son Tommy wants to be a girl named Tammy are giving their child hormone blockers that delay the onset of puberty, so that he can have more time to decide if he wants to change his gender…
Tommy’s parents, Pauline Moreno and Debra Lobel, told CNN they support their child and feel this is the best way for him to find an answer to a question he has been asking all his life.
They say Tommy – whom they now call Tammy—began taking GnRH inhibitors over the summer to give him more time to explore the female gender identity with which he associates. Tommy began saying he was a girl when he was three years old, his parents said. He was learning sign language due to a speech impediment, and one of the first things he told his mothers was, “I am a girl…
GILAD Shalit has bene released. Sergeant-Major Schalit, 25, was kidnapped from Israel by Hamas five years and four months ago. In that attacks, Hams killed two Israeli soldiers. In exchange for one soldier, Israel is freeing 1,027 Palestinian prisoners. The question is: why now has been released?
It has been a very long five years but I always knew I would go home. I heard of the release a week ago. You can’t imagine how I felt when I heard I was going to go home at last. I thought I was going to be there for many years. I miss my family, and I miss talking to my friends about ordinary things.”
Israeli President Shimon Peres has commuted the sentences of the freed prisoners rather than pardoning them. He wrote on all Palestinian prisoners’ release papers:
“I neither forgive nor forget.”