THE grimmest photograph to emerge from the Boston Marathon bombing is of a man with his leg missing, the white bone protruding through shards of loose skin where once a foot was. The man is in a wheelchair. His face is grey. To his side are a male medic. Behind him a woman pushes the chair. Touching the victim is a man called Carlos Arredondo. (The image is above. It’s been cropped.)
Mr Arredondo tells the man: “Stay with me, stay with me.”
THE Boston Marathon massacre was heinous crime. But to the ABC’s Virginia Trioli it has a message. Those nursing amputations and the loved ones of the dead and dying have it all explained:
The contrast of course with what goes on in, I mentioned Iraq in passing just before, what goes on there and also in Afghanistan on a weekly basis has not been lost on many people this morning. We did report this morning of course that there were a series of bomb attacks overnight in Iraq and it’s important to mention that again, 37 people dead and more than 270 others were wounded. Several cities were hit in those bomb blasts, the capital Baghdad, Kirkuk in the North and Nasiriyah in the South. They were coordinated attacks according to police there during the morning rush hour and they mainly involved car bombs. That’s the contrast that we always have on a day like today when it seems to me where we are overly focusing on what happens to rich white people in the West, versus what happens on a daily basis in those countries.
THE 62-year-old arrested as part of an investigation into the alleged abduction of a three-year-old girl at Costa Teguise, Lanzarote, has been released on bail. The Press Association has sent that news to all publishers.
The man has been bailed to return to Milton Keynes police station in early May. He’s not been charged with any offence. He is simply helping police with their enquiries.
* THREE people have been killed by explosions at the Boston Marathon. Seventeen are in a critical condition. Many more are hurt.
* There were two explosions, 17 seconds apart.
* Witnesses reported a loud explosion on the north side of Boylston Street, just before the finishing line.
* One of the dead is Martin Richard, an eight-year-old boy, 8, who was waiting at the finish line for his father, Bill Martin. The boy’s father and sister are “grievously injured”. The family live in Dorchester, Massachusetts.
* A woman in her twenties is dead.
* The youngest victim is a two-year-old boy, who is in hospital with head injuries. (See above. Image posted on Twitter with father’s permission.)
* The FBI are seeking a “darker-skinned or black male”.
* People were injured by flaying ball bearings.
* So far, at least ten people have lost limbs.
* The attack took place on Patriots’ Day, which marks the first battle of the Revolutionary War.
WHO has removed / stolen 1,000 pigeons / feathered vermin from Trafalgar Square? And can we all give him a round of applaus?
The Independent calls him a “culprit”. You might call him a pest controller.
What we know about the man is that he is in his twenties, white, wears blue overalls and a red baseball cap.
Bernie Rayner, a licensed seed seller, tells the paper:
“There are around 4,000 pigeons here. I reckon a quarter of them have gone in the last few weeks. I challenged him and he claimed he was a member of a pigeon racing club in Peckham and they were for competition. But they are too old and out of condition for racing.”
THUNDERING wimp, Mike Berkemeier, a policeman from Ohio, has been chilled to his core after he accidentally ate a cake filled with marijuana which belonged to his daughter.
The additional ingredient of cannabis left him feeling disorientated and confused. Then a bit horny. Then hungry. Then amused. Then sleepy. Possibly.
SCIENTISTS are always discovering brilliant things and curing all manner of awful diseases. Some, however, focus on any old crap in a bid to justify their jobs.
Take, for example, a French scientist who has declared that bras are useless.
AMY Childs, Ronsealed star of The Only Way is Essex, has helped launch a Chelmsford kitchen design shop’s move online.
The name of the outfit?
DID you go to Harvard? Matt Yglesias did (@mattyglesias). He’s posted this Harvard class reunion survey questions on Twitter.
It gets better. The hosts seems to be working on a seating plan:
MALIBU Express (1985) is the first firm in Andy Sidaris’s series Bullets, Bombs and Babes. Wooden actors and top-shelf Pets played out scenes featuring beaches, bikini, wood-hewed hunks in trunks and imaginative ways to die.
Look out for such titles as: The Dallas Connection, Day of the Warrior, Do or Die, Enemy Gold, Fit to Kill, Guns, Hard Hunted, Hard Ticket to Hawaii, Malibu Express, Picasso Trigger, Savage Beach and Return to Savage Beach.
Hard Ticket to Hawaii was better still. The Frisbee scene being memorable:
BLAGGING and bribery at the BBC? When the tabloids don it, we’re told it’s tawdry, toxic and worthy of State control. When the BBC does it, do we have a different view? The Times (prop. R. Murdoch) reports:
The BBC pulled an episode of Panorama shortly before it was due to be broadcast after one of its producers was accused of attempting to bribe a security consultant for information.
The producer allegedly e-mailed Sean Ghent, consultant to Harlequin Property, suggesting he might not be paid by the company and dangling the possibility of work with Panorama.
Harlequin, a developer of luxury homes in the Caribbean, complained to the BBC last Wednesday and the next day the programme, which had been due to air on Monday, was removed from the schedule.
The Radio Times described the programme as “an investigation into financial scandals that could wipe out people’s life savings, including a £250 million Caribbean rental-home development scheme”.
The BBC said yesterday that it had suspended a member of the Panorama team and started disciplinary proceedings. The corporation’s statement came as a prison officer and former police constable were jailed for selling information about a notorious killer and celebrities to The Sun newspaper, owned by News International, which also publishes The Times.
Reader martinseugne writes:
Seems to me that this was public interest journalism. Newspapers are trying too hard to tar everyone else with the same brush. The sort of wide spread newspaper excesses that Leveson investigated had no public interest defence whatsoever.
Who decides what the public interest is? The public should, surely?
The Times follows that story of alleged bribery with the front-page sgtory: “BBC kept students in dark over Korea trip“:
The BBC withheld key information from students, placing them in danger during the making of an undercover documentary in North Korea, according to the London School of Economics.
The group from the LSE were not informed until they had landed in Beijing, en route to Pyongyang, that they would be accompanied by a three-person Panorama film crew posing as scholars and academics. Some may even have been kept in the dark about the scale of the risk they were taking until they were inside North Korea…
The LSE said that the BBC’s alleged deception had placed its academics at risk in sensitive areas around the world because they could be suspected of facilitating undercover journalism…
Asked why the students had only been informed in Beijing that it was a BBC documentary, a spokeswoman said: “The fact that it was a BBC journalist is neither here nor there as it is journalists per se that are banned for North Korea, not the BBC specifically. The students were all explicitly warned about the potential risks of travelling to North Korea with the journalist.”
So that’s blagging, then. And it might be worse because the Times online headlines that story:
Students complain BBC risked their lives in North Korea
But there is no comments in the story from any student saying their life was put at risk. The LSE newspaper, The Beaver, reports:
BBC Programme Uses LSE Students to Gain Access to North Korea Amid Nuclear Tensions WITHOUT Informing the School
Hayley Fenton, Arisa Manawapat, Ira Lorandou, Matthew Worby, and Liam Brown’s story contains no one mention of lives in jeopardy.
The BBC has refused the London School of Economics’ request for a BBC Panorama programme about North Korea to be pulled after revelations that the footage was gained by allegedly misleading and possibly endangering LSE students…
A student who went on the trip, wishing to remain anonymous, told the Beaver that “we were not made aware of the presence of several BBC journalists at the time of the flight to Pyongyang. We were led to believe that John Sweeney was a History professor, although it was later implied that he was not a professor at the LSE.”
John Sweeney… Him! Did not one of the students know who Sweeney was?
John Sweeney, one of the reporters who travelled undercover with the LSE students has refuted the allegations made in the letter, stating that the LSE students “knew and understood what was at stake for them before [the] trip.”…
The LSE argues that the BBC’s unauthorised use of the School’s name could affect whether actual LSE academics can gain access to the hermit kingdom for research purposes. In a statement to students and staff, the LSE claims that its “academics work on aspects of many politically sensitive parts of the world, including by travel to those locations. It is vital that their integrity is taken for granted and their academic freedom preserved.”
Alex Peters-Day, General-Secretary of the LSE Students’ Union told the Beaver that “it was not the BBC’s place to make decisions on behalf of the students on the trip, nor was it the BBC’s place to put at risk all those within the School.”
“What the BBC did was reckless and ethically reprehensible and I am just glad we are not facing a situation where our students are being detained in North Korea.”
The risky BBC risked every student at the entire LSE? Aren’t student supposed to challenge power?
THEY never did find the Bunny Man who was terrorising resident in Fairfax County, Virginia. On Oct. 22, 1970, the Washington Post, reported:
Fairfax County police said yesterday they are looking for a man who likes to wear “white bunny rabbit costume” and throw hatchets through car windows. Honest.
Air Force Academy Cadet Robert Bennett told police that shortly after midnight last Sunday he and his fiancee were sitting in a car in the 5400 block of Guinea Road when a man “dressed in a white suit with long bunny ears” ran from the nearby bushes and shouted: “You’re on private property and I have your tag number.”
The “Rabbit” threw a wooden-handled hatchet through the right front car window, the first-year cadet told police. As soon as he threw the hatchet, the “rabbit” skipped off into the night, police said. Bennett and his fiancee were not injured.
Police say they have the hatchet, but no other clues in the case. They say Bennett was visiting an uncle, who lives across the street from the spot where the car was parked. The cadet was in the area to attend last weekend’s Air Force-Navy football game.”
REGRET the error: Apart from that the NY Times story on Yale and Quinnipiac being local rivals was corrects.
Correction: April 12, 2013
An article on Thursday about Yale and Quinnipiac’s reaching the semifinals of the N.C.A.A. men’s hockey tournament misstated the distance above sea level of Colorado Springs, where Yale played the last time it advanced to the national semifinals, in 1952. It is 6,000 feet, not 6,000 miles.
Such are the facts…
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports:
Returning a verdict Thursday afternoon, a federal jury in Seattle ruled that the popular entertainment website didn’t breach its contract with actress Junie Hoang, a 41-year-old Texas woman featured in a number of low-budget horror movies and the upcoming television program “Exotic Dancers of Houston.”
Hoang sued IMDb and its parent company Amazon in 2011 claiming her privacy was invaded and career impacted by the release of her age. Responding to Hoang’s claim, attorneys for IMDb asserted it has the right to publish true and accurate information, and that Hoang attempted to lie about her age.
Writing the court, Hoang attorney Keith Scully contended IMDb violated its customer services agreement when it published Hoang’s true birthdate after she signed up for a “professional” membership to the service. IMDb contended Hoang invalidated the agreement she sought to have enforced when she violated its terms by lying on her profile.
Because 41 is sooooooo old. Although, Ms Hoang can act younger. And older.
TO Greensboro, North Carolina, where a pig has been captured:
PEOPLE who say old-folks are useless clearly are idiots aren’t they? For a start, old people are the main source of institutionalised racism and without pensioners, the makers of fig rolls would go out of business overnight. Pensioners are so useful that they even help us all when they’re dead.
The steel hips, plates and screws from legs and skulls can be collected after they’re cremated and the metal is sent off for recycling, used by automobile and aeronautical industries.
PET-OWNERS online are, without doubt, worse than fascists. Endless photographs are taken of their pets doing very little, accompanied by captions like “Oh LOOK! He’s TOTES ADORBS!” while a dog lies motionless on the floor. Or indeed, people take a dozen photos of a cat, sleepily glaring at its owner who insists on shooting it from absolutely every angle before flooding Instagram with their absolutely typical pet.
The petfood commercials where people treat their pets like lovers were once disregarded as ridiculous, but thanks to social networking, we now know that these monsters actually exist, coochie cooing at these blasted creatures every move.
RAPPING Teacher – Mark Grist.
I’m a poet and Educational Consultant based in Peterborough. I became Poet Laureate of Peterborough in 2008, Chief Bard of the Fens in 2009 and Edinburgh Fringe Slam Champion in 2010. I’ve recently been on two national tours, whilst also completing an MA in Creative Writing at Goldsmith’s University in London.
Adding in his rap with Blizzard, aka Bradley:
‘I went to university? Is that the best that you’ve got?
I’ll take your mother to the opera, and destroy her private box.’
Langauge is NSFW:
At Croydon magistrates, Preddie, 44, admits assault. He is ordered to pay £100 compensation to his wife.
THE Daily Star’s alleged “NEW MADDIE CHILD SNATCHER” is said by the Sun to be one James Lawlor, a 62-year-old father of two. He was arrested at his London home after a British man claimed he had stopped a man taking his three-year-old daughter from a shopping mall in Costa Teguise, Lanzarote.
The Sun has more:
Landscape gardener Lawlor lives in Harrow with cleaner wife Ann, 56, and has two daughters — solicitor Rowena, 27, and council worker Denise, 22.
“HUNT FOR NEW MADDIE FIEND,” declares the Daily Star’s front-page headline.
Keyan Milanian reports:
A BRIT has spoken of the “shocking” moment his daughter was caught up in a suspected kidnap bid that mirrored the Madeleine McCann case.
A child was asleep in her rented apartment? Her parents were out? Then she vanished? And what of Ben Needham?
The dad of three, from Milton Keynes, Bucks, had been shopping on holiday in Costa Teguise, Lanzarote, when his girl vanished.
He spotted her flashing trainers disappearing round a corner.
She was wearing them:
He told the Daily Star: “There was a man leading her off by the wrist. I shouted, ‘Oi! What the f*** are you doing?’ I grabbed her but he wouldn’t make eye contact and walked off. I think she was in shock and knew something was very wrong.”