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Hacking: Will John Prescott discuss Paul Gascoigne’s £188,250 compensation in his Daily Mirror column?
Former England footballer Paul Gascoigne has been awarded £188,250 in phone-hacking damages from Mirror Group Newspapers.
Others who had their privacy unlawfully invaded by the Mirror’s titles include: Sadie Frost (£260,000), Shane Richie (£155,000), Lucy Benjamin (£157,250) Shobna Gulati (£117,500), Alan Yentob (£85,000), Robert Ashworth (£201,250) and Lauren Alcorn (£72,500).
Meanwhile, hacking victim and Labour Party stalwart John Prescott continues to write for the Labour-supporting Mirror.
In case you missed it, this is what Prescott said when Rupert Murdoch’s titles were caught hacking:
The News of the World died. The Left cheered.
Prescott and his Mirror column live on.
The Washington Post reports that suspected IRA member Prince Charles is to meet Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams to promote “reconciliation and healing”.
Charles continues to deny being a member of the IRA, Hot Gossip and The Sex Pistols.
Varma has given a TED talk on the process and what he found.
And this has a purpose: a parasitic mite is threatening to destroy bee colonies. Scientists have bred mite-resistant bees. Can these creatures be introduced successfully into the wild?
I mean, what could possibly go wrong?
Highlights of the Universal ShowQueen Pageant 2015: the world’s greatest transgender and drag divas compete
The Universal ShowQueen Pageant 2015 features the world’s greatest transgender and drag divas in competition. The winner was Aleeciya Ashton, aka Jerrica Benton.
A note on death by (27 January 1847 – 17 March 1918), Regius Professor of Divinity at the University of Oxford:
Spotter: June, Flashbak
Chantae Marie Gilman, 28, admitted climbing on top of a sleeping man and raping him. Gilman, a 16-stone mother to three, says she can’t recall anything.
Detective Roger Ishimitsu reported: “Once arriving home he fell asleep on his bed (and) slept very hard due to a long day.”
Detective Drew Fowler, with the Seattle Police Department tells Komo News:
“From a statistical standpoint, yes, it is atypical to have a female aggressor. But we work to hold all people responsible for their actions. The law is specifically written to be gender-equitable and we will charge anybody with a crime that they’ve committed.”
The fact he has to say there is one law for all and women can be guilty of rape is odd…
Al Sharpton’s daughter Dominique Sharpton, 28, is suing the city of New York for allegely spraining her ankle on a wonky pavement. Dominique says the the ankle is “severely injured, bruised and wounded”. She wants $5 million in damages to compensate her for “loss of quality of life, future pain and suffering, future medical bills, [and] future diminution of income.”
Currently on vacation in Bali, the membership director for her gadfly dad’s National Action Network claims she “still suffers and will continue to suffer for some time physical pain and bodily injuries,” according to the suit filed against the city departments of Transportation and Environmental Protection.
And despite claiming “permanent physical pain” in a breathless notice of claim in December, at around the same time there were social-media shots of her in high heels and fancy dresses and climbing a ladder to decorate a Christmas tree.
Dominique has recently posted this message on her Instagram about the view from the top of a Bali mountain she hiked up:
File under: Christmas comes early..
Officials at the Greek port of Kavala were scheduled to unveil a memorial to Jewish victims of the Holocaust – 1,484 Jews in the city were murdered by the invading Germans and their Bulgarian allies.
But the burgers won’t show the tribute to the dead because the monument features a Star of David. That same symbol appears on the flag of Israel, and because the local leaders don’t like that country the Jews must go without their ancient symbol or else find a new one, perhaps of a teddy bear, say, a broken plate or an unmarked pit?
It’s not anti-Semitism, of course. It’s just anti-Israel. And if Jews can bury their dead without any Star of David showing, the Greeks and all decent folk would be appreciative.
The Sun says “Good riddance” to Hull City’s Jake Livermore who faces the “sack over drugs shame”. A routine drugs test revealed traces of cocaine in Livermore’s urine. The club suspended him. His future is uncertain. Livermore is an idiot.
But for the Sun to attack the player who took a non-performance enhancing drug that cheats only his teammates is lamentable. Cheering the idea that he should be sacked for his foolishness is weak.
According to the BBC, Pope Francis called Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas “an angel of peace” while presenting him with a gift.
The BBC’s David Willey in Rome says that after 20 minutes of private talks, Pope Francis gave Mr Abbas the medallion depicting an angel of peace adding: “It is appropriate because you are an angel of peace.”
But did he?
La Stampa says not:
As is tradition with heads of State or of government, Francis presented presented a gift to the Palestinian leader, commenting: “May the angel of peace destroy the evil spirit of war. I thought of you: may you be an angel of peace.”
So. The Pope did not call Abbas an angel of peace.
Such are the facts.
The Sunday Times says the inquiry into historic sex abuse will publish its findings in…2023. Phew! All nonces and their enablers will have eight years to get ill or die. They say the Devil looks after his own, so Hell should arrive by 2022 for most.
Tom Harper reports:
During a meeting last month with campaigners, a senior Home Office official was recorded as saying the inquiry, headed by the New Zealand judge Dame Lowell Goddard, could “go on for eight years”.
So. It could go on for longer.
As you were, sickos. You can dawdle on Earth for a while yet. Factor in any criminal cases and trials and chances are you’ll be getting a congratulatory letter from the Queen before you give the old gel her pleasure…
Ben Needham is back in the news.
Ben’s mother Kerry has been on the TV in Greece. She’s still hunting for her son who vanished 24 years ago. A new photo is doing the rounds. It was emailed to Kerry and British police? Is it Ben?
She tells the Sunday Mirror:
“My God, this is really happening. Are we going to receive the call that finally leads us to Ben?’
Calls follow this latest appeal. A man who might be Ben has been spotted in the Greek towns of Larissa and Veria.
The Mirror adds:
The Needhams have been convinced Ben was taken by gypsy family.
This Friday Florida Times-Union front page features a gun show sticker by a story of a shooting.
Says the paper’s ‘vice president of audience’ Kurt Caywood:
All of us at The Florida Times-Union know that gun violence is one of the most emotionally charged and pressing issues facing our community. The tragedy that occurred on a Duval County school bus Thursday was as societally significant as it was frightening. As such, a team of reporters, editors and photographers approached this story with great sensitivity and professionalism, and we stand proudly by their report on page 1A of Friday’s newspaper.
They did. But did you?
The appearance of a gun-related front-page sticky note on the same day was an incredibly regrettable coincidence. It was born of the purposeful separation between our news and advertising departments, an approach we take because we value nothing more than the objectivity of our journalism. That said, this clearly was an oversight. We’re aggressively reviewing our procedures and will implement steps to prevent such a situation in the future.
File under: who reads it before it goes out?
Observer Food Monthly highlights the ‘worst aim ever’:
Westminster Paedos: Tory MP Alexander Victor Edward Paulet Montagu secret sex crimes against children
The Times has news that an MP who abused boy in 1970s let off with a police caution.
A Conservative MP escaped prosecution for child abuse in the 1970s even though he admitted indecent assault… Victor Montagu was cautioned by police after he assured them that he would avoid contact with the victim. The disclosure will lend weight to allegations of an establishment cover-up of historical child sex abuse.
Montagu was an MP for South Dorset. That’s Alexander Victor Edward Paulet Montagu, also known as Viscount Hinchingbrooke and the Earl of Sandwich.
He indecently assaulted a boy for two years.
And he is DEAD. Of course he is. Because only the dead get judged.
The Guardian says the decision not to prosecute him was made by the Dorset and Bournemouth police force and Sir Norman Skelhorn, QC, the former head of the crown proseuction service.
Sir Norman also decided that Cyril Smith, the Liberal politican, should not face charges after eight men went to police in 1970 claiming that he had abused them. He died in 2010.
That’s was Sir Cyril Smith until he died and was duly found guilty of being a nonce.
A letter from prosecutors in 1972 said:
“The assaults, which are admitted, are not of themselves very serious, and if Mr Montagu is prepared to take the excellent advice given to him by Detective Chief Inspector [Jack] Newman and avoid any contact with the boy I do not think proceedings are called for.”
The Guardian has the facts:
The files show the boy was interviewed on 10 November 1972 after rumours that he was being sexually abused. Two officers visited Montagu at his home in Mapperton, Dorset, and interviewed him under caution. He was later charged by police with two counts of indecently assaulting a male under 16 on a number of occasions between 31 December 1970 and January 1972 and of indecently assaulting the same boy between 31 December 1971 and November 1972. He was remanded to appear at Bridport magistrates court.
But when the then chief constable of Dorset and Bournemouth, Arthur Hambleton, wrote to Skelhorn for advice on the case, prosecutors chose to give Montagu a caution instead of proceeding with a criminal trial in public.
Montagu’s son, Robert says his father abused him between the ages of seven and 11.
Robert Montagu has gone on the record.
The abuse was finally discovered when one of Robert’s sisters realised he was sharing a bath with their father. Shortly afterwards, his mother and the family doctor sat him down and questioned him. He told them everything.
Days later, he was sent back to prep school, confused and terrified that his father would go to prison. Instead, the family decided to say nothing, protecting the reputation of the family whose motto, ironically, is ‘Post Tot Naufragia Portum’ – ‘After so many shipwrecks, a haven’.
Robert says: ‘I do think we have to take this problem more seriously – pursuing people who act in this way and not allowing them to escape. It’s easy for me to say that.
‘I let my father escape, as have all my family. But we’ve got to get tougher. I particularly want families to be active in reporting. It’s a difficult thing but it must be done. You cannot have an 11-year-old telling of abuse that had reached a zenith and not act. You must make sure that person is not in a position to do the same again.’
As Robert grew older, he realised there were others. Once he saw the paperboy go into his father’s bedroom and close the door. Victor, who died in 1995 aged 88, also abused one of Robert’s schoolfriends.
Robert says: ‘I know personally of ten (victims) and I’ve spoken with most of those. They were family friends, London contacts, Dorset contacts, holiday contacts.’
You can read the story in Robert’s book A Humour Of Love. But you can’t ask his dad if it’s all true because dad is dead.
To Dickson, Tennessee, where Corey Huddleston, 52, is charged with aggravated burglary and sexual battery. Huddleston is accused of going to the home of Bret and Elizabeth Cutrell and behaving badly.
He knocked on their front door. A house guest opened up and Huddleston pushed his way inside.
When Chuka Umunna annunced his decsiosn to stand as Labour leader, he adressed the electorate with his video:
Celebrated and attacked for his ‘slickness’, Umanna had announced his ambitions with all the finesse of a 1970s corporate training video. It was a character recalibration up there with Ed Miliband cutting a glass while chanting ‘seven sizzling sausages simmering slowly’ in diction Brian Sewell would consider ‘intimidating’.
You’ve seen Chelsea captain John Terry advertising lung cancer on cigarettes in India.
You’ve seen Nicolas Cage and Holly Hunter on the cover of a Serbian biology textbook.
Now you’ve seen Thom Yorke on the Iranian sex book Marital and Sexual Problems in Men.
Previously, the Radiohead singer promised to help Russians “forget about insomnia, fatigue, skin problems, cold, attention deficit disorder, and headaches”.
Why did non-smoking John Terry not get the sex book contract? Surely some mistake..?
RealDoll’s take one helluva pounding. And Slade’s job is to go in there and make the rough, broken and chaffed smoother than a rubber glove.
Slade works with Matt McMullen, creator of Abyss Creations, located in Southern California.
“The original concept I had was actually not a sex toy at all,” says McMullen… “It was intended to be a poseable mannequin, or simply a form of art.” He quickly noticed that a lot of people saw the dolls in an erotic way. The company makes about 300 RealDolls each year. A standard-issue model sells for $6,500, while a meticulously customized one can go for as much as $50,000.
Slade replaces the damaged vagina, which looks like this:
Fiero traces his interest in dolls to playing with G.I. Joes and Barbie in his youth.
“I was born in 1960 so Joe was the guy I got to hang out with for those formative years.”
“Slade has a very important place in the doll world,” says Elena Dorfman, a photographer who documented that world in her 2005 book Still Lovers. “People are sending him their beloved—or at least a sex partner that they paid a lot of money for. They’re trusting him to fix her. It’s like sending someone you love to the doctor and hoping they’ll come out all right.”
Slade has tips:
“If you care for it, if you treat it right, you can crank her knees up to her shoulders and bang away at that doll with good hard intercourse and come out shining. But clean her out… Clean her off. If you’ve got a hairy chest, you’re going to leave hairs all over her. If you’ve got a cat, she’s going to pick up cat hair. You want to take care of what you’ve got.”
The customers might be registered:
“I had one guy from Berkeley who had sex so hard with his doll that he ripped the leg off it. The doll was less than a year old, and destroyed. Her calves, from below the knee, had what looked almost like knife puncture wounds. Hundreds of them. I don’t know what this guy was doing to this doll.”
Has Slade ever been tempted to road test his repair:
“I’m not going to be fucking dolls and shipping them to other people. That’s fuckin’ rude. What kind of businessman would I be if I did that?”
A Philadelphia-area man is looking for a new digs. The 70-something year old – described as one of the “more mobile gentleman” – was kicked out of his Norristown assisted living facility for hiding a prostitute under his bed.
Having earned a few dollars from a booze run, Montgomery County Chief Financial Officer Uri Z. Monson says the man invested his earnings on prostitutes.
The Daily Mail notes that the man was only living in the private facility because the county-run God’s holding bay he’d been housed in was closed down.
So. What we have is a man who used his wits to earn money and seeks pleasure in the arms of a willing adult. The entrepreneurial spirit lives on, if not his ability to hire a hotel rom…
Spotter: MCH Strategic Data
It is past midnight and a group of eight other passengers, ages 18 and 20 years old, are travelling back from the Traunsteiner Spring festival. Two are with kebabs.
The vegetarian finds the smell of meat offensive. The 29-year-old vegetarian insults the group. He then threatens them with a knife, most likely one used to divide grapefruit segments.
He then slaps the two meat eaters about their heads. At Bad Endorf stations, the group leaves the train and tells the police. The vegetarian is arrested by the police in Rosenheim.
He faces charges of bodily harm and threatening behaviour. He also joins the elite list of noteworthy German vegetarians.
Lord Greville Janner: a look at reporting on the beleaguered Labour peer.
Daily Mail: “Labour peer Lord Janner attended the House of Lords 634 times and voted 203 times even after his dementia diagnosis”
Alleged paedophile Lord Janner voted 203 times in the House of Lords even after he granted power of attorney to his children because of his dementia….
Quote of the week comes to use via the Daily Express. The paper’s report on a travel “nightmare” at London’s Clapham Juncion station is headlined: “Commuters brawl as power cuts halt trains”.
The passengers were “sweltering”. “Fights broke out.” Firefighters rescued passengers. There were “nightmare scenes”.
And then we hear from passenger Hannah Phillips:
“This is probably the worst train journey I’ve experienced” *
Artist Jesse England’s “E-Book Backup” project sees him photocopy his Kindle version of George Orwell’s 1984. He photocopied every page, one by one. He then uploaded the scanned copy to his Kindle.
Welsh bus company pull ad with topless model offering wa*kers the chance to ‘Ride Me All Day For £3’
A Welsh bus company has used a topless woman to encourage wa*kers (that’s not just ‘walkers’ – ed) to “Ride Me All Day For £3”.
N.A.T Group thought the idea brilliant, funny and edgy until it saw the outcry on twitter and pulled the advert:
“In view of the reaction to our bus advertising today we wish to set out our position: Firstly we have stated that our objectives have been to make catching the bus attractive to the younger generation. We therefore developed an internal advertising campaign featuring males and females to hold boards to promote the cost of our daily tickets…
“There has certainly been no intention to objectify either men or women. Given the volume of negativity received we have decided to remove the pictures from the back of the buses within the next twenty-four hours.”
What utter balls. Sex can sell anything. If it can sell the chance to sit in a stinking bus with the great unwashed, then it will.