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  • Change of heart on selling gun magazines to children(UK)

    11/09/2012 4:41:09 AM PST · by marktwain · 1 replies ^ | 8 November, 2012 | NA
    Britain's biggest newsagent appears to be relaxing age restrictions on the sale of shooting magazines to children after pressure from countryside campaigners. A row erupted last month when it emerged WH Smith was refusing to sell shooting titles to under-14s, even though they can legally hold a shotgun licence below that age. Country sports enthusiasts responded by launching a lobbying campaign. Members of the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) have been visiting stores, e-mailing the company and lobbying via social media while an online petition has attracted 12,000 signatures. The association said it now appeared that WH Smith...
  • Pub refuses custom of soldiers back from Afghanistan after parade through town

    11/09/2012 3:35:22 AM PST · by naturalman1975 · 10 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 9th November 2012 | Alex Ward
    A pub refused to serve soldiers as they celebrated their return from fighting in Afghanistan in a parade through the town. Staff at The Bull told stunned troops that they were ‘not allowed to serve squaddies’ when the troops tried to order a round after their homecoming march in Romford, Essex on Tuesday. The astonishing ban was imposed on the 600-strong 1st Battalion Royal Anglian Regiment, in which 16 men were killed in Afghanistan, on the day they paraded through town to mark the end of its final tour of the war-torn country. The soldiers’ proud families and friends had...
  • The human history book! World War Two fan covers body with tattoos

    11/08/2012 2:29:21 AM PST · by the scotsman · 11 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 8th November 2012 | Daily Mail Reporter
    'This man is a walking history book. He has dedicated his body to the memory of the heroes and battles of the Second World War. Nolan Holmes has spent four years under the needle of a skilled tattoo artist to complete this homage to British and world history. Illustrations include battles on the Russian front, the Battle of Britain and the Allied invasion. Beside Churchill and a wartime news report Holmes has now had a memorial poppy added to his tattoo. The mechanic has also had a striking poppy drawn alongside the pictures of conflict ready for this weekend's Remembrance...
  • Swansea memorial to American D-Day veterans

    11/08/2012 2:17:44 AM PST · by the scotsman
    BBC Wales News ^ | 2nd November 2012 | Charlotte Dubenskij
    'A memorial has been unveiled in memory of the thousands of American soldiers who lived and trained across Swansea in preparation for the D-Day landings. For a few months in 1943 and 1944, GIs from across the Atlantic set up camp in Mumbles, Caswell Bay and Newton. Combat engineers took part in training for the beach landings in northern France. The memorial was unveiled at Newton Village Hall. There were about 50,000 US soldiers in south Wales before D-Day on 6 June 1944 - a pivotal moment of World War II. The training on the south Wales beaches was seen...
  • How the GI influx shaped Britain's view of Americans

    11/08/2012 2:14:58 AM PST · by the scotsman · 4 replies
    BBC News ^ | 3rd November 2012 | Melissa Hogenboom
    'It is now 70 years since GIs first landed on British soil to join their allies during WWII. Before the war, ordinary British people only knew Americans as the gangsters and heroes from the silver screen. They were in for a shock.'
  • Irish Betting Site Paying Out on Obama

    11/04/2012 9:32:56 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 42 replies
    Herald Sun ^ | November 05, 2012
    Europe's largest betting company, renowned for settling its bets early, is paying out to punters who backed Barack Obama to win Tuesday’s US Presidential election. Irish bookmaker Paddy Power said that despite the polls showing voters remain largely undecided, they believe it’s a done deal and that Obama is a “nailed on certainty to win a second term”. President Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney are blitzing the remaining toss-up states, with both sides predicting victory just two days before election day. However Paddy Power has been caught out before with similar early calls. In 2009 Tiger Wood’s failure to...
  • Ten years too late, it’s good riddance to wind farms

    11/03/2012 8:41:17 PM PDT · by Iam1ru1-2 · 13 replies ^ | Christopher Booker
    One of the most dangerous delusions of our ageThe significance of yesterday’s shock announce-ment by our Energy Minister John Hayes that the Government plans to put a firm limit on the building of any more onshore windfarms is hard to exaggerate. On the face of it, this promises to be the beginning of an end to one of the greatest and most dangerous political delusions of our time. For years now, the plan to cover hundreds of square miles of the British countryside with ever more wind turbines has been the centrepiece of Britain’s energy policy — and one supported...
  • A Future in Europe? Commissioner Confronts London on EU Loyalty

    11/03/2012 8:30:01 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | 11/02/2012 | (cgh—with wire reports)
    Does Britain belong in the European Union? There are plenty both in the United Kingdom and on the Continent who have their doubts. Now, with the debate over the EU’s next budget raging, a European Commissioner has challenged London to decide. In Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel is also losing her patience over the squabble. … On Friday, European Commissioner for Financial Programming and Budget Janusz Lewandowski, Poland’s representative in the EU’s executive, said it was time for Britain to make a fundamental decision regarding its future in the European Union. “Of course there are limits,” he said in an interview...
  • U.S. move to de-recognize Syrian opposition group baffles allies

    11/03/2012 4:22:24 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 19 replies ^ | Friday, November 2, 2012 | Roy Gutman
    The Obama administration's decision to drop its recognition of the Syrian National Council as the leading Syrian opposition group and propose creating a new umbrella organization surprised and puzzled close U.S. allies, diplomats said Friday. The U.S. government gave no advance notice of its intention to renounce the council as the lead umbrella group, diplomats of three countries said. They said their governments learned about the initiative from news accounts. Diplomats criticized Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for using what they called inappropriate language in describing the council as made up of people who haven't been in Syria for decades;...
  • Exclusive: Security officials on the ground in Libya challenge CIA account

    11/03/2012 10:02:40 AM PDT · by mgist · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11/3/12 | Adam Housley Jennifer Griffin
    As details emerge of serious security issues before the attack on Sept. 11, Fox News is also beginning to hear more frustration from sources both on the ground in Benghazi and in the U.S. Multiple British and American sources insist there were other capabilities in the region and are mystified why none were used. Fox News was told there were not only armed drones that monitor Libyan chemical weapon sites in the area, but also F-18's, AC-130 aircraft and even helicopters that could have been dispatched in a timely fashion. British intelligence sources said that unarmed drones routinely flew over...
  • UK Hospitals Paid To Put Patients on Death “Pathway”

    11/02/2012 11:56:49 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/1/12 | Wesley J. Smith
    Death panels on the march!  The Telegraph is reporting that UK hospitals are paid to put patients on the Liverpool Death Care Pathway. (The Pathway is supposed to sedate patients whose pain cannot otherwise be controlled. But serious charges have been made that it is actually sometimes used when not needed medically, in other words, as backdoor euthanasia, including of the non terminally ill.) From the story: Almost two thirds of NHS trusts using the Liverpool Care Pathway have received payouts totalling millions of pounds for hitting targets related to its use, research for The Daily Telegraph shows. The majority of NHS hospitals in...
  • I’m guilty of arms deal with Iran, Christopher Tappin tells US court

    11/01/2012 8:53:24 PM PDT · by Olog-hai
    Daily Express (UK) ^ | Friday November 2, 2012 | Cyril Dixon
    Retired British businessman Christopher Tappin, extradited to the US accused of selling surface-to-air missile parts to Iran, pleaded guilty yesterday in court in Texas. Tappin, 65, of Orpington, Kent, changed his plea at a hearing in El Paso, as part of a deal with US prosecutors which should allow him to return to the UK. …
  • Cameron defeated in EU budget vote

    11/01/2012 2:34:15 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 11/01/2012 @ 09:30 | Honor Mahony
    British Prime Minister David Cameron suffered an important defeat in parliament on Wednesday (31 October) when opposition Labour party MPs sided with euroskeptics in his own Conservative party to demand a reduction in the EU budget.MPs voted by 307 to 294 in favor of a Tory-rebel amendment calling for the 2014-2020 EU budget to be “reduced in real terms.” Ahead of the vote, Cameron portrayed himself as tough on Brussels but left wiggle room to agree to an EU budget increase in line with 2 percent inflation. …
  • Mother murdered son for “failing to learn the Koran”

    11/01/2012 1:21:00 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 43 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 3:43PM GMT 01 Nov 2012 | (unattributed)
    A mother murdered her young son and set his body on fire when he struggled to learn the Koran off by heart, a court has heard. Sara Ege used a stick to beat seven-year-old Yaseen “like a dog” if he couldn’t recite passages from the Islamic text. The beatings were so brutal that the boy died from his injuries, and his mother tried to burn the body to destroy the evidence, Cardiff Crown Court was told. …
  • Nick Clegg launches attack on Tories who want to “unravel” Europe

    11/01/2012 1:15:35 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10:31AM GMT 01 Nov 2012 | Rowena Mason
    Nick Clegg has warned Britain is at risk of leaving the EU if Tories keep trying to “unravel” Europe by clawing back powers. After the Government lost a vote to rebels on the EU budget, the Deputy Prime Minister warned that Britain is in real danger of exiting if Tories keep “stamping their feet” and demanding new rules. He also claimed “a grand, unilateral repatriation of powers might sound appealing, but in reality, it is a false promise wrapped in a Union Jack”. … In a warning to the Tory leadership, Mr. Clegg said there is a “shorter leap” than...
  • NHS millions for controversial care pathway (Death Panels)

    11/01/2012 2:05:35 AM PDT · by PotatoHeadMick · 5 replies
    The Daily Telegraph UK ^ | 31 Oct 2012 | John Bingham
    The majority of hospitals in England are being given financial rewards for placing terminally-ill patients on a controversial “pathway” to death, it can be disclosed. Almost two thirds of NHS trusts using the Liverpool Care Pathway have received payouts totalling millions of pounds for hitting targets related to its use, research for The Daily Telegraph shows. The figures, obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, reveal the full scale of financial inducements for the first time. They suggest that about 85 per cent of trusts have now adopted the regime, which can involve the removal of hydration and nutrition from...
  • Why Did The Bundesbank Secretly Withdraw Two-Thirds Of Its London Gold?

    10/31/2012 5:21:57 AM PDT · by Renfield · 18 replies ^ | 10-24-2012 | Tyler Durden
    Two days ago we reported that the German Court of Auditors demanded that the German Central Bank, the Bundesbank, verify and audit its official gold holdings consisting of 3,396 tons, held mostly offshore, namely New York, London and Paris, at least according to official documents. It also called for repatriation of 150 tons in the next three years to perform a quality inspection of the tungsten gold. Today, in a surprising development, via the Telegraph we learn that none other than the same Bundesbank which is causing endless nightmares for all the other broke European nations due to its insistence...
  • UBS bankers in London head for the pub after being turned away at office door

    10/30/2012 7:57:09 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 8 replies
    Telegraph (UK) | 6:38PM GMT 30 Oct 2012 | By Jonathan Russell, and Nik Simon
    UBS bankers in London were turned away from their offices on Tuesday and handed a letter putting them on "special leave", just hours after the Swiss bank unveiled a radical restructuring to axe 10,000 jobs. UBS' in London head for the pub after being turned away at office door. Bankers at UBS's London office were unable to get into the building on Tuesday after the Swiss bank unveiled a massive restructuring and 10,000 job losses. Bankers at UBS's London office were unable to get into the building on Tuesday. It was only when the UBS bankers had their passes refused...
  • Was Margaret Thatcher's Top Aide Peter Morrison in Paedophile Ring?

    10/30/2012 5:37:56 PM PDT · by Renfield · 2 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 10-24-2012 | Dominic Gover
    The politician implicated in an alleged child sex ring at 10 Downing Street was Sir Peter Morrison, one of Margaret Thatcher's closest advisers, IBTimes UK can reveal. Morrison was the mystery "senior aide" MP Tom Watson alluded to at Prime Minister's Questions (PMQs). Watson's allegation of a paedophile ring close to Downing Street stunned the House of Commons. Morrison was a Conservative politician who acted as Thatcher's parliamentary private secretary while she was prime minister. He also masterminded her failed bid to hold on to the leadership in 1990. Morrison left office in 1992 and died in 1995. The sexual...
  • Tony Blair: the EU needs a president

    10/30/2012 12:39:05 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5:29PM GMT 29 Oct 2012 | Rowena Mason
    Tony Blair has said the EU would be better off with a directly elected president, as he warned deep political rifts between countries could lead to a break-up. In a move interpreted by some as a job application, the former prime minister said the EU could do with a strong leader approved by the people. … Europe’s millions of residents might feel “alienated” unless they have a direct say in who is governing them, Mr. Blair told the Nicolas Berggruen Institute on Governance. …