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SAYS the Yorkshire Post: Reality television lifts veil on life as a temporary Muslim
WHAT do a gay hairdresser, an atheist taxi driver, a skincare centre manager, a glamour model and a mixed race couple have in common?
They all live in Harrogate and, for three weeks this summer, agreed to discard their normal routines and live as Muslims for a TV documentary series.
Under the watchful eye of a team of Muslim mentors, the diverse group were taught to abide by Sharia law while a camera crew followed them around.
Viewers will be able to follow their fortunes in a three-part series called Make Me a Muslim, which begins on Channel Four at 8pm tomorrow. Narinder Minhas, the show’s executive producer, said: “The idea was to try to find a way of demystifying Islam because a lot of people don’t understand the religion at all. We wanted to come up with something that might allow ordinary people to experience it, getting people to practise it and see whether they like it or not.” …
The team of mentors was led by Imam Ajmal Masroor, who believes passionately that Britain is in a state of meltdown, with anti-social behaviour, promiscuity and alcohol corroding the moral fabric of the nation.
In the documentary, he tells the group it is time to start a “spiritual revolution” in the UK to restore its moral backbone.
Best-selling author and Bilderberg sleuth Daniel Estulin says he has received information from sources inside the U.S. intelligence community which suggests that people from the highest levels of the U.S. government are considering an assassination attempt against Congressman Ron Paul because they are threatened by his burgeoning popularity.
Estulin, whose information has unfortunately proven very accurate in the past, went public with the bombshell news during an appearance on The Alex Jones Show today.
“I am getting information from my sources that there are people involved from a higher level of the American establishment who are seriously considering – this has not been confirmed – but assassination is definitely on the agenda and I pray to God that this is not the case,” said Estulin.
You know you’ve made it in the US when someone is plotting to kill you…
SAYS Mel B. on the “official” Spice Girls blog:
“Alright you lot!
Wow, it’s been a mental few days! Sorry this is late, I’ve been living it up in Vegas – haha.
We had a lot of fun in Vancouver and the US but its great to be back in England – even if it is bloody freezing!
Thanks to all of you that showed up to welcome us at Heathrow on Thursday after we flew home on Spice One, its so cool that we have a plane named in our honour!
Emma is doing well. She’s been having treatment from David Beckham’s doctor and has been resting since we arrived home.
We can’t wait to get on stage at the O2. We’ve been looking forward to this show since we announced the dates in June… we are going to rock it!!
I’ll be at Selfridges on Monday night (6pm) for a Christmas sing-along, so I’m sure I’ll see some of you nutters down there.
Full marks to Mel B for working in a mention of David Beckham..
MICKEY KAUS: “Obama goes after Edwards: Hillary’s not even Obama’s main rival anymore?”
IN The Times: “A WOMAN will be denied free National Health Service treatment for breast cancer if she seeks to improve her chances by paying privately for an additional drug.”
Colette Mills, a former nurse, has been told that if she attempts to top up her treatment privately, she will have to foot the entire £10,000 bill for her drugs and care. The bizarre threat stems from the refusal by the government to let patients pay for additional drugs that are not prescribed on the NHS.
Ministers say it is unfair on patients who cannot afford such top-up drugs and that it will create a two-tier NHS. It is thought thousands of patients suffer as a result of the policy.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are great – Just Jared
Poker’s Pamela Anderson and Rick Solomon Get Own Reality Show – Celebslam
Owen Wilson and Woody Harrelson puff – City Rag
David Hasselhoff dives back in – Celebrity Smack
Tyra Banks says she didn’t say, “Britney Kill Yourself” – Hollywood Rag
This is what the celebrity watchers are in to…
Bill Clinton: Desperate Times Call For This:
“DO you realize I have the power to release you or have you crucified?”: ROME (Reuters) – Italian film and opera director Franco Zeffirelli is offering his services to Pope Benedict as an image consultant, saying the German pontiff comes across as cold and needs to review his wardrobe.
Zeffirelli, acclaimed for movies such as “Romeo and Juliet” and “Jesus of Nazareth,” said in an interview with la Stampa daily on Saturday the 80-year-old pope did not have “a happy image.”
“Coming after a media-savvy pope like John Paul II is a difficult task … Benedict XVI still communicates coldly, in a way that is not suited with what is happening around him,” Zeffirelli said.
“It’s an issue I have been discussing with people who have key roles in the Vatican,” said Zeffirelli, who has directed some Vatican television events.
The Pope will be played by Robert Powell
A GRAVEYARD in the Philipines being used by the living:
10,000 Filipino families live in this massive graveyard in Manila. I recently spent five days walking among its residents taking photos and hearing stories of struggle and survival.
Some families ended up here almost accidentally. Some inherited the mausoleums that they now live in from their great-grandparents. Others came from the provinces and couldn’t make enough money to live in the big city. In all cases, they’re basically families with nowhere else to go.
The people who live here manage to extract livelihoods from the dead. Teenagers carry coffins for 50 Filipino pesos—about 50 American cents. Children collect scrap metal, plastic, and other garbage to sell. Their fathers are employed to repair and maintain tombs while their mothers maintain the house, which could be the family mausoleum or the mausoleum of their employers. Rent-free shanties are wedged between or on top of crypts.
Street Theatre: Water Bottle Trick
PENALTIES. Germany. Barnsley’s Heinz Muller Penalty Saves – Blindfolded
Look out for Englnd players taking penalties like they too are blind…
Tom Bevan has one on Mike Huckabee’s immigration policy.
AAH: “Divers believe they have discovered the 300-year-old remains of a ship once captained by the notorious British pirate Captain Kidd.”
IN the Anorak Forums Spudgun writes: “So when the tragedy that unfolded, concerning a young child named Madeleine McCann, in Praia da Luz on the 3rd May 2007, I was drawn to this case with perhaps a slightly greater initial interest and concern than my fellow countryman. Here was a child from my own nation, missing from a country that I love and which I consider to be my second home.
My own personal concerns and interests in this case have never particularly related to whether the McCanns are innocent or guilty, but rather, why we have a British Press and Government that appears hell bent on TELLING us that the McCann’s are inarguably innocent, and doing so in a manner that I consider threatens to seriously taint the very alliance that has existed between our countries for 630 years.
By virtue of the secrecy laws that encapsulate the Portuguese judicial system, this was always only ever going to be a case presented entirely by the media with little or next to no ‘official’ input, making it impossible to distinguish between what could be factual, fabrication or just plain speculation. From an early stage in the proceedings, however, apparent doubts and suspicions surrounding the McCanns began to surface in the Portuguese press and media, claiming to be citing Polícia Judiciária sources.
Some of these suspicions were picked up on and reprinted in the British newspapers but only ALWAYS with the added clarification that the stories were “scurrilous lies”, “outrageous allegations” or “ludicrous claims” and NEVER without the statement from “sources/friends close to the McCanns”, asserting that it was all “hurtful and unhelpful speculation”.
THE Guardian: “We misspelled the word misspelled twice, as mispelled, in the Corrections and clarifications column on September 26, page 30.”
US BASEBALL players were on steroids
They were all on steroids.
FOR younger looking skin: “The dribble of snail contains: allantoin, glicolic acid, collagen, eslatin, proteins, antibiotics and natural vitamins.”
The studies have verified that the dribble of snail allows to prevent and to eliminate wrinkles, to attenuate grooves, to eliminate scars caused for wounded and burns of first degree, to remove the acne, to clean spots produced by the sun. It has also demonstrated to be effective to eliminate warts of the skin.
JEFFREY Archer: “On Monday and Tuesday evenings we held out champagne and shepherd’s pie parties, which for me always herald in the beginning of Christmas.”
OH yes: “Police in southern India are hunting for two men who attacked a Hindu holy man, cut off his right leg and then made off with it.
“The 80-year-old holy man, Yanadi Kondaiah, claimed to have healing powers in the leg.
“He is now recovering from his ordeal in hospital in the city of Tirupati in the state of Andhra Pradesh.”
DEAR PRINCESS DIANA: “If invited, I will always do my utmost to help you and Charles to the best of my ability, but I am quite ready to concede that I have no talents as a marriage counsellor!!!”
Diana replied: “Dearest Pa, I was particularly touched by your most recent letter which proved to me, if I didn’t already know it, that you really do care.
“You are very modest about your marriage guidance skills and I disagree with you.
“This latest letter of yours showed great understanding and tact and I hope to be able to draw on your advice in the months ahead.”
ON the Forums: “THIS one should get one Bob Green fizzing – Adam Applegarth, Chief Executive of Northern Rock today has finally stepped out of his office and away from the helm of the crisis-hit bank with immediate effect after 24 years with the business.”
Mr Applegarth, who had intended to hang on until next February, said: “It is time to hand over to management who I’m confident will be part of the company’s future. I wish them and the board every success.”
The Newcastle-based lender is being propped up by an estimated £30 billion in taxpayers’ money. Northern Rock was forced to seek an emergency bailout from the Bank of England after being… more
THE GUARDIAN: “Carbon myths – Recycling and banning plastic bags are all very well, but they won’t save the planet. Instead, we should fly less, go vegan and insulate the loft, says Chris Goodall”
Politicians extol the virtues of domestic generation of electricity. The Conservatives and Liberal Democrats have committed themselves to paying us 45p a unit for electricity from the solar panels on our roof, about 10 times the wholesale price paid to the large, coal-fired Drax power station, in North Yorkshire. Microgeneration may be fashionable, but it is an astonishingly expensive way of reducing emissions. Less glamorous, but more effective, would be a plan to put a £20 note in the centre of every roll of loft insulation. British houses are the worst insulated in northern Europe and subsidised insulation would cut emissions far more cheaply than encouraging wind turbines or solar photovoltaic panels
THE TIMES front page: “Up on the roof – a power struggle”
Wind or sun? Should Britain be a land of little windmills or should we hope that global warming kicks in and our enemy the sun stops giving us cancer and instead makes enough juice for us to our TV,s PCs and SUVs?
Ladies and gentlemen, it’s Gordon Brown’s solar panels versus David Cameron’s wind turbine. It would take 100 years to recoup the £15,000 investment of Brown’s panels, and 60 years to make Cameron’s £ 3,100 turbine’s pay.
David Cameron has both panels and turbine. He may also have a hydro electric damn in the bath between the duck, the flannel and the clockwork mermaid.
Says Gordon Brown in “Did I ever think it would be fun? …well you can never get bored”: “Very quietly we have put solar panels on our home in Scotland quite some time ago. We have been operating with solar power for some time.”
Very quietly – and talked about in the pages of a national newspaper…
FROM the Anorak Forums, AGW writes: Another tummy trouble tale for you.
A TEENAGER who had her lover’s nickname tattooed onto her stomach found out months after they split up that it actually said “supermarket”.
The mistake was discovered when the North East of England young woman walked into a Chinese takeaway to find out what the symbols 超级市场 meant.
She had asked a tattoo parlour to put her friend’s nickname “Roo” on her midriff. She chose a capital R, capital O and lower case o to have different symbols.
It cost her eighty quid and a lifetime of embarrassment.
Ah well, at least the local studs know where to shop.
She should claim her stomach is labelled Heaven’s Door…who’d know?