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ENGLAND batsman and general talented poser, Kevin Pietersen, has accepted a large but undisclosed amount of money for libel damages after a Specsavers advert implied he may have tampered with his bat during this summer’s Ashes series against Australia.
THE Pew Research Center wanted to establish how much American adults know about science.
Question 1. “What gas do most scientists believe causes temperatures in the atmosphere to rise?”
Correct answer: Carbon Dioxide.
WOMEN drivers come in for a lot of flack, mainly because they accidentally inspired that awful Sheila’s Wheels advert. However, someone more deserving of the mockery is Saudi cleric, Sheikh Saleh al-Luhaydan.
He’s warned, with a completely straight face, that driving will affect women’s ovaries and bring “clinical disorders” upon their poor unfortunate children.
Yes, you read that correctly.
TOMMY Robinson has quit the English Defence League to join the Quilliam Foundation. Who are they?
In 2009, the Maajid Nawaz, Director of the Quilliam Foundation, said of the UK’s ban on Geert Wilders, the Dutch MP:
“Banning Geert Wilders from the UK is not the solution. Just as the ideas of non-violent Islamist groups like Hizb ut-Tahrir should be tackled through debate and argument, so should those of Wilders and others. Freedom of speech should be protected – so long as people do not use this freedom to call for violence against others.
“Wilders has evidently been convinced by the words and actions of Islamists and jihadists that Islam is inherently violent and intolerant. We therefore challenge him to an open debate in which we will argue that Islam is not an inherently violent religion and that, contrary to what he apparently believes, Muslims are not a threat to Europe and its values.”
EVER since innocent child Madeleine McCann went missing, we’ve been kept up to date with the story’s key points:
The investigation: the police have not proven what crime befell her, if any. But kidnap is the favourite theory.
The facts: she went missing
The revelations: she is still missing
The court cases: Robert Murat and the parents were libelled in a torrent of media speculation.
DID you go to the anti-Daily Mail protest? The ’Daily Mail Hates Britain’ protest, organised by the People’s Asssembly, took place outside the Daily Mail newspaper headquarters, in London on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013. The newspaper ran a story that smeared the reputation of Ralph Miliband, the father of Britain’s Labour party leader, Ed. Ralph Miliband – a noted Marxist academic – appeared under the headline: “The man who hated Britain”. It was revolting:
SAMANTHA Lewthwaite: a look at the wanted Briton in the news. To recap: the Daily Mail said a white woman had backed out commands to the Westgate shopping mall killers. The Belfast Telegraph a white woman had smeared blood on her face and fled the massacre.
The Sun: “America’s war on 200 terror Brits”
WHITE Widow Samantha Lewthwaite is on a hit list of more than 200 British fanatics as America ramps up the war on terror. The US vowed to catch Lewthwaite and her fellow extremists as it was confirmed two raids had already been mounted on al-Qaeda-linked warlords.
Catch her and try her with crime. What crimes?
On Saturday Delta Force commandos snatched Libyan al-Qaeda chief Abu Anas [above], 49, one of the world’s most wanted men who once lived in England. He was allowed to stay in the UK after fleeing Sudan in 1995.
He was nicked in 1999 — a year after al-Qaeda bombs killed 200 at the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania — but fled after being freed for lack of evidence. His capture — and a US Navy Seal raid in Somalia — was prompted by last month’s al-Shabaab siege at the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya, in which at least 67 people died.
US Secretary of State John Kerry warned: “We hope this makes clear we will never stop in the effort to hold those accountable who conduct acts of terror.”
Daily Mirror: “White Widow Samantha Lewthwaite: Net closing in as hit squads hunt down ‘world’s most wanted terrorists’”
Security agencies have a dozen extremists in their sights and British fugitive Samantha Lewthwaite is believed to be “high on the list”.
We are not who believes this to be the case.
MI6, the CIA and Israeli security service Mossad – have since been working “round the clock” to find her .
Wow. All three agencies spending 24-hours a day looking for one woman .
UtV: “Police in Kenya have confirmed they do not believe British woman Samantha Lewthwaite was involved last month’s deadly terrorist attack.”
Michigan Chronicle: “While it is not believed that Lewthwaite was among the terrorists who took part in the Westgate Mall massacre in Nairobi in which at least 67 people were killed, an Al Shabaab spokesperson said she was involved in the attack.”
MacLeans: “At least one witness told the press of a ‘pale-skinned woman’ with long dark hair opening fire from a balcony. There were other reports of a white, English-speaking woman giving commands in English that were then translated into Swahili for the gunmen to carry out…. If Lewthwaite was killed in the attack, she will have achieved the same radical Islamic martyrdom sought by her late husband. But if she remains at large—as seems to be the case—she will be watching her back very carefully.”
In the Telegraph, police chief David Kimaiyo said, “On Samantha we have also established that she was not part of the attackers in the building. There was no woman.”
Who was there?
Four men believed to have been involved in the deadly shopping centre attack in Nairobi last month have been named. The Kenyan military said Abu Baara al-Sudani, Omar Nabhan, Khattab al-Kene and Umayr – shown in new CCTV footage – were killed during the standoff.
WHO taught you how to dance? Clearly, no-one.
The aim of most dancers is to get into the middle of a large group already at it and hope no-one notices them. Either that or do The Madness dance. We cannot all be Yorkshire TV dancing champions. So. Where disco dancing Dick Blake failed, James Brown can only help. He’s here to teach us The Funky Chicken, The Boogaloo and The Camel Walk.
The trick is… Well, there is no tick. You either can do it well or you can’t do it well. But anyone can have fun trying. If you have no natural ability you just need lots of space, socks, good knees and a lack of self-awareness bordering on the criminal. James, of course, makes it look easy and fun:
”Playing football or other sports in the street is a criminal offence, particularly if someone is affected, such as being involved in an accident, or where the activity has caused them annoyance, alarm or distress.”
An Insp Hollingsworth then spoke:
“The main purpose of the flyer was to identify the concerns and emphasise the obvious dangers involved in playing in the road.”
“Please accept my apologies for the way in which the leaflet put this message across and for any offence it may have caused.”
THE Hackney Gazette supplies out local news story of the day: “Man Dies In Human Fireball AGAIN”:
LEWIS Powell (who conspired with John Wilkes Booth to kill Abraham Lincoln) wouldn’t have looked out of place in modern-day Shoreditch.
This picture is one of a set of the American Civil War by Jordan Lloyd, 27, and Mads Madsen, 19.
Lewis Powell is photographed in the clothes he wore on the day of the assassination, which are surprisingly clean for a brutal knife murder gone wrong – the photograph is taken by Alexander Gardner while Powell is in custody on a naval vessel.
Spotter: Brendan O’Neil
WHEN it comes to talking of anti-Semitism in newspapers, who better than the Guardian to bring the Daily Mail to order over its Ralph Miliband hatchet job? The Guardian is the paper in which Richard Imgram told readers:
I have developed a habit when confronted by letters to the editor in support of the Israeli government to look at the signature to see if the writer has a Jewish name. If so, I tend not to read it.
The Guardian is subtle in its bigotry, doing down the Jews claims to a homeland.
MADELEINE McCann: Anorak’s look at the missing child in the news. As the McCanns pursue Goncalo Amaral for libel damages in Portugal, the British press publishes a welter of new Maddie news. Yesterday, the police told us that the child could have been stolen by a burglar. The Met offered no proof to support its theory. No evidence. She she could have been stolen by a burglar who seems to have taken nothing else from that holiday apartment, right?
New Madeleine McCann sensation: Witness tells barrister he saw girl ALIVE just weeks ago
And he waited this long to tell us? Maybe this man of law was studying the evidence?
A shaken barrister has told police how a man boasted to him that he had seen missing Madeleine McCann just weeks ago.
MAYBE Herman Wallace can find peace in death. The Black Panther fighter who spent 41 of his 71 years in solitary confinement in a US prison has died. For more than four decades he lived in a cell measuring 2m by 3m. Alone.
Three days before his death, the US freed him from the Louisiana State Penitentiary. And then the liver cancer got him. He died at a home in New Orleans.
SAMANTHA Lewthwaite: Anorak’s look at the wanted British woman in the news.
Sky News has edited footage of the killers patrolling the Kenyan shopping centre where so many were murdered and maimed.
Having been told that Lewthwaite – the mythic White Widow – had run the operation – the Mail heard her barking out orders to her assassins – it’s noticeable that there are no women shown in the gang. We see four black men. The Black Widow and Orphan Makers, if you like.
Kenya’s government initially said 10 to 15 attackers were involved in the assault, which left at least 67 people dead. However, the official now believes only four people took part in the protracted siege.
The video is from CCTV. Also filmed were Kenyan soldiers looting the mall. The Nairobi Star, reports:
“Virtually all the shops in the mall were looted except the Bata shoe shop. Jewellery, watch and mobile shops were emptied. ATMs, banks and a casino also lost funds.”
But no sign of Lewthwaite. Well, not unless you read the papers.
The Guardian: “From Zulu to the ‘White Widow’, why do all African stories need a white face?”
Afua Hirsch wants to know.
Into this fray steps a woman – originally from the UK – whose story as told in the British press is such an enthralling mix of the exotic, the horrific and the familiar that the ensuing intrigue can almost single-handedly power the Twittersphere. Enter Samantha Lewthwaite, aka the “white widow”, a British convert to Islam whose husband Germaine Lindsay killed 22 in the London 7/7 bomb attacks. She fascinates in the way that white women who wear hijab generally do – I’ve seen them stared at on the tube in London – and because we still don’t believe that women can be terrorists.
Is Samantha Lewthwaite a victim of white widowphobia?
The ratings appeal of a character such as Lewthwaite is obvious. You only have to look as far as Homeland – an entire series based around our fascination with western-born, white jihadist terrorists, which returns to UK screens this weekend – to find evidence of this. One character in the hit US show, which centers on a US marine who turns into a would-be suicide bomber, is Aileen Morgan, an American woman who plays a key role in a terrorist plot.
There are plenty of Somali-Brits, Somali-Canadian and other Somali dual citizens suspected of involvement with Al-Shabaab, but they are black and Somali-looking, and therefore their capacity for violence is apparently less surprising.
It’s high time we started to see black men as having the same power to end your life as white women. Let’s be fair.
Al Arabiya: “Secret diary: ‘White Widow’ was grooming her kids to be jihadists”
British fugitive female militant, Samantha Lewthwaite commonly referred to as the ‘White Widow,’ was grooming her children to be jihadists, her secret diary found by the Kenyan authorities shows. The diary was found in a luxury house in the Kenyan capital Nairobi where she reportedly stayed with her jhadist al-Shabab fellows planning to attack two hotels and a shopping mall…
“Recently, my beloved husband gave a talk to my eight year old son and five year old daughter. He asked them what do you want to be when you are old? Both had many answers, but both agreed to one of wanting to be a Mujahid,” Lewthwaite wrote in a crumpled paper.
Every young kid wants to be just like dad. Maybe when they become teenagers they’ll become more like mum and reject everything their parents stood for.
The Bucks Herald: “EXCLUSIVE: ‘Gobby’ Samantha Lewthwaite was ‘not the sort of character you messed with’”
Was she a – gulp! – bully?
A former friend of terror suspect Samantha Lewthwaite says she was a ‘very strong personality’ and ‘even boys were intimidated by her’…The woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, said she was ‘good friends’ with Lewthwaite during their time at the Grange School. Lewthwaite has been described as a ‘shy girl’ by some who knew her, however the woman, who had a sleepover at her house when they were in their teens, said this was absolutely not the case.
She said: “To say Samantha Lewthwaite was shy at school is completely wrong. She was a very strong personality within the class. She never had loads of friends at once. If you were a fairly close friend, as I was for a time and someone upset you she would absolutely defend you. She never really got into any trouble but she was very gobby and always had her say. She always won arguments because she was the sort of character you didn’t mess with. Even the boys were intimidated by her.”
“I have been watching the coverage like a hawk and it gives me butterflies.”
Such are the facts…
The university boasts that “students can accomplish their university studies while enjoying a vibrant, vivacious, active life on campus”.
The arts department is:
Young, dynamically developing, open, and receptive, the Faculty of Arts is living life to its fullest and producing art that expresses it. Bohemian, creative students improve their skills..
And if all else fails, there’a always stripping…
Smoking footballers photos: Revie’s Leeds United, Bolton’s Lofthouse, Norwich City and Manchester United give Bobby Charlton a cigarette case
SMOKING footballers: A quick look some who took a puff.
Leeds United - 28/04/1969:
Leeds United players celebrate with champagne and cigars in the dressing room after drawing 0-0 with Liverpool, a result which wrapped up Leeds’ first Division One Championship title: (back row, l-r) Mick Jones, Jack Charlton, Paul Reaney, Gary Sprake, Johnny Giles, Paul Madeley; (front row, l-r) manager Don Revie, Peter Lorimer, Billy Bremner, Eddie Gray
But on arrival he was ordered to the changing rooms. His outfit was wrong. It was “extremely inappropriate”. Once changed, William was permitted to sit with the soldiers, Wrens, evacuees and spies for a lunch of beef stew and dumplings.