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  • British hospital apologizes to familes for appallingly negligent care

    12/23/2012 7:26:31 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/23/2012 | Rick Moran
    An apology seems insufficient considering the circumstances. Telegraph: ******** Alexandra Hospital in Redditch is writing to 38 families after a massive legal action that exposed years of bad practice, ranging from nurses taunting patients to leaving an elderly woman unwashed for 11 weeks. In one of the worst cases, a man had starvation recorded as the cause of his death after being treated at the hospital for two months. Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary, said last night that he was "disgusted and appalled" by what the families had been through, and that the Government was acting to ensure that failings...
  • Brit 7/7 widow ‘plotted station horror’

    12/23/2012 3:07:15 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 6 replies
    thesun.co.uk ^ | December 23, 2012 | SIMON HUGHES and ALLAN HALL
    SECURITY chiefs fear an al-Qaeda cell funded by the British “White Widow” plotted to bomb a German railway station, The Sun can reveal. The attack in Bonn would have resulted in a massacre like the one in the Spanish capital Madrid in 2004 which left 191 people dead. But the device failed to explode and was disarmed before it could detonate. Intelligence sources in Germany say that al-Qaeda was behind the conspiracy — which encompassed “many operatives” overseas, including wanted Brit Samantha Lewthwaite. Last night a source said: “Remember this was a primed device that was of the size of...
  • Russia welcomes any offer to give Assad refuge

    12/22/2012 2:38:54 PM PST · by F15Eagle · 5 replies
    AP via Yahoo! News ^ | Associated Press – 1 hr 23 mins ago | By BASSEM MROUE and VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV
    BEIRUT (AP) — Russia would welcome any country's offer of safe haven for Syrian President Bashar Assad, but has no plans to make one of its own, Moscow's foreign minister said in the latest comments to suggest a growing distance between the two allies. Sergey Lavrov's remarks on Friday night were among the clearest signs yet that Russia could be preparing for a Syria without Assad, as rebel pressure on the embattled leader intensifies. Over the past four weeks, fighting has reached Damascus, his seat of power, and rebels have captured a string of military bases. Up to now, Russia...
  • Royal nurse who answered Duchess of Cambridge hoax call attempted to kill herself twice before

    12/22/2012 8:26:27 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 18:00 EST, 22 December 2012 | Abul Taher
    The nurse who committed suicide after answering a hoax phone call about the Duchess of Cambridge made two attempts to kill herself last winter, and had been prescribed antidepressants. Jacintha Saldanha, who took her own life days after the call from Australian DJs pretending to be the Queen and Prince Charles, attempted to commit suicide last December with an overdose of pills during a family visit to India. She survived after being rushed to hospital, but tried to commit suicide again just nine days later by apparently jumping from a building. … Although Saldanha’s family have previously said she did...
  • Britain spending more on benefits than Scandinavians

    12/22/2012 3:54:39 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 5 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | December 21, 2012 | Tim Shipman
    Britain pays out more on welfare than high spending social democratic nations in Scandinavia, according to a think-tank. Nearly seven out of ten children now live in a home that receives at least one cash handout other than child benefit, says the hard-hitting study by the Institute for Economic Affairs. And some 17 per cent of children – around 2.1 million – live in a home where no adult is working ‘easily the highest rate in Europe’. The think-tank’s report, Redefining the Poverty Debate, spells out how a generation of the less well-off have become enslaved to state benefits that...
  • Archbishop backs more gun controls

    12/22/2012 4:37:51 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 27 replies
    newmarketjournal.co.uk ^ | December 21, 2012
    The Archbishop of Canterbury backed stricter gun controls in the wake of the Sandy Hook school massacre, saying the ready availability of weapons in a society where fear is already "rampant" pushes people to extreme violence. Delivering BBC Radio 4's Thought for the Day, Dr Rowan Williams also warned that Britain had "better not be complacent" about the gang-related gun and knife crime affecting its own youngsters. A minute's silence was held in America on Friday to remember the 20 children and six adult victims of the Connecticut shootings which have thrust the fraught gun control debate back into the...
  • MP says Bloody Sunday murder inquiry is “misguided” (Northern Ireland)

    12/22/2012 3:41:35 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    BBC News ^ | 21 December 2012 | Last updated at 05:10 ET
    A Conservative MP who served as a soldier in Northern Ireland has questioned the need for prosecutions in the Bloody Sunday killings. On Thursday, it was revealed that a team of 15 detectives will head up a murder investigation into the 1972 shootings. They will be led by a senior investigating officer who will be based in Londonderry. Patrick Mercer said he is “confused” by this latest development and does not know what prosecutions will achieve. …
  • Dublin IRA man charged over Northern Ireland prison officer murder

    12/22/2012 3:32:40 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Irish Central ^ | Friday, December 21, 2012, 7:54 AM | Antoinette Kelly
    Vincent Banks, 44, from Smithfield, Dublin was brought before the Irish Special Criminal Court in Dublin on Wednesday where he was charged in connection with the murder in November of Northern Ireland prison officer David Black. Banks was charged with membership of an unlawful organization styling itself as the Irish Republican Army (IRA) on December 18th, 2012. Banks was also charged with withholding information in relation to the murder of David Black. …
  • Former British PM Thatcher in hospital after operation

    12/21/2012 5:54:00 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Dec 21, 2012 4:21pm EST | Alessandra Prentice
    Former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher, the country’s first woman elective leader, is in hospital recovering from surgery to remove a growth on her bladder, a source close to the family said on Friday. After experiencing pain in her bladder earlier in the week, he 87-year-old went to hospital where she underwent a minimally invasive operation, Tim Bell, a public relations executive who once served as image maker to Thatcher, said. …
  • Police fear turf war as biker gangs arrive in Europe

    12/21/2012 9:24:50 AM PST · by george76 · 7 replies
    AFP News ^ | December 21, 2012
    A wave of biker gangs from the US, Canada and Australia arriving in Europe has raised fears of deadly turf battle like the Nordic biker wars of the 1990s, European police agency Europol warned on Friday. Gangs such as the Comancheros and Rebels from Australia, Rock Machine from Canada and the Mongols and Vagos from the US were moving into Europe. ... The gangs were seeking out particularly a dangerous hard core of recruits in their bid to seize territory to traffic drugs, weapons and people... The gangs "have a propensity to use extreme forms of violence", including with Kalashnikov...
  • BAE unveils £2.5 bn deal for military jets to Oman

    12/21/2012 7:55:10 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki
    Agence France Presse ^ | 12/22/2012 | Roland Jackson
    BAE unveils £2.5 bn deal for military jets to Oman LONDON — British defence giant BAE Systems unveiled on Friday a £2.5-billion ($4.1-billion, 3.1-billion-euro) deal to sell 12 Eurofighter Typhoon combat jets and eight Hawk trainer planes to Oman. The deal, which will help sustain thousands of jobs in Britain, is the first major order since BAE Systems failed to merge with European aerospace giant EADS earlier this year, but failed to boost shares in the British company. "BAE Systems and the government of the Sultanate of Oman have entered into a contract for the supply of Typhoon and Hawk...
  • British troops could return from Afghanistan “faster” than planned, says Cameron

    12/21/2012 3:37:17 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10:06 AM GMT 21 Dec 2012 | Tim Ross
    British troops could return home from Afghanistan even “faster” than planned, David Cameron has said, as 3,800 troops are scheduled to be withdrawn by the end of next year. … Speaking to reporters at Camp Bastion, the main operational headquarters for British troops, Mr. Cameron said the proposed timetable for troop withdrawals was “flexible”. “Of course there is always flexibility in any plan,” he said. “But I would make the point that so far, things have surprised on the upside in terms of the capability of the Afghan forces. So we might be able to move a little bit faster....
  • British violent crime 4 times that in the US.

    12/20/2012 1:24:36 PM PST · by Fido969 · 103 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 02 Jul 2009 | Richard Edwards
    ... there are over 2,000 crimes recorded per 100,000 population in the UK, making it the most violent place in Europe. By comparison, America has an estimated rate of 466 violent crimes per 100,000 population.
  • Self-Righteous Starbucks Forced To Chug A Venti Of Greedy British Government

    12/20/2012 6:48:07 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Forbes ^ | 12/20/2012 | Kyle Smith
    It’s easy to chuckle at Starbucks’ tax troubles. The java merchant that has successfully enticed millions to pay for the privilege of hearing words like “barista” and “doppio” sprinkled over their morning jolt has made a specialty of offering a little dollop of sanctimony in every cup, promising to calm the conscience even as it raises the heartbeat. Shibboleths like “sustainable,” “fair trade” and “responsibly grown” seem to add value to its self-regarding clientele. Alas, Starbucks’ now-notorious “tax avoidance” policy in the United Kingdom proves that once you start chugging a Venti of self-righteousness, you may find yourself getting force-fed...
  • Jimmy Savile scandal: BBC branded 'incapable and chaotic'

    12/20/2012 3:07:30 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 3 replies
    guardian.co.uk ^ | December 19, 2012 | John Plunkett and Dan Sabbagh
    A scathing report into the BBC's handling of a shelved Newsnight exposé of Jimmy Savile revealed a culture of "suspicion and mistrust" at the corporation, riven by factions and in-fighting with "rigid management chains" that rendered it "completely incapable" of dealing with the scandal when it was exposed. One senior BBC executive resigned and another three were moved from their jobs following the publication of the 185-page report by Nick Pollard, the former head of Sky News. After a six-week inquiry that examined more than 10,000 emails and other documents and interviewed 19 people, at a cost of £2m, Pollard...
  • Obama tells Cameron why Britain should stay in the European Union

    12/19/2012 9:51:19 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 10:15 EST, 19 December 2012 | Matt Chorley
    Barack Obama has warned Britain against leaving the European Union, it emerged today. The US President used a call to David Cameron to urge him to resist calls to abandon Brussels, ahead of the PM delivering a major speech on Europe in the New Year. But President Obama is understood to be backing Mr. Cameron’s approach in his fight for a “better deal for Britain”. …
  • Why don't threats against Israel dismay the EU?

    12/19/2012 7:33:45 PM PST · by tekel · 7 replies
    Newsday ^ | 12/19/2012 | Clifford D. May
    More than 40,000 people have been slaughtered in Syria and the death toll rises daily. The European Union does not appear to be particularly concerned. North Korea's rulers have launched a three-stage rocket, moving closer to their goal of developing a nuclear-tipped ICBM, and they're sharing nuclear weapons technology with the world's leading sponsors of terrorism in Iran. The EU does not seem to be worrying about that, either. Israel is considering building homes on barren hills adjacent to Jerusalem. The EU's 27 foreign ministers said they were "deeply dismayed," and warned Israel of unspecified consequences if the plan is...
  • Israel approves new settlement between Jerusalem and Bethlehem

    12/19/2012 6:02:24 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 21 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 19 December 2012 | Harriet Sherwood
    Israel's spate of settlement expansion around Jerusalem has increased again with the approval of 2,612 homes in a move likely to further inflame international criticism of Binyamin Netanyahu's government. Givat Hamatos, across the pre-1967 Green Line between southern Jerusalem and Bethlehem, will be the first new discrete settlement created since 1997. Critics say it will become part of a chain of settlements in the area, further impeding access between the two biblical cities. European diplomats in Jerusalem have warned that the construction of Givat Hamatos is a "game-changer" which could destroy the chance of a viable Palestinian state with East...
  • Sir becomes Miss

    12/19/2012 1:46:06 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 19 replies
    The Sun (UK) ^ | December 2012
    A MALE primary school teacher stunned parents today after revealing he would return to classes after the Christmas holidays as a woman. Transsexual Nathan Upton, 32, will become Miss Lucy Meadows in the New Year following his sex change. Pupils at St Mary Magdalen’s Church of England school – motto: Reaching our potential together in Christ – have been informed about the schoolmaster’s “transition”. Parents said Nathan told children he had been “born with a girl’s brain in a boy’s body”.
  • Britain will be weaker without EU, says USA

    12/18/2012 4:04:15 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 20 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | December 18, 2012 | Alex Spillius
    With David Cameron now saying a Britain out of Europe was now 'imaginable', US agitation has reached a new high The Obama administration has expressed concern at what US officials see as Britain's slide towards the European exit door. Washington firmly believes that the departure of its strongest partner in Europe would also reduce American influence on the continent, as Britain so often shares American views. An EU without Britain would be seen as weaker on free trade and less reliable on defence and foreign policy issues. With David Cameron now saying a Britain out of Europe was now "imaginable",...
  • Saved by scissors

    12/18/2012 2:34:20 PM PST · by Sopater · 6 replies
    The Sun ^ | 16th December 2012 | JANE ATKINSON
    LITTLE Maddalena Douse is one of the smallest premature babies ever to survive in the UK — thanks to a pair of SCISSORS. When she was born six months ago at just 23 weeks she was so tiny docs did not know if they should try to save her. But when they put her on the scales she weighed 1lb, the minimum weight for a baby to be considered viable — so they fought for her. Only when she was safely on a ventilator did medics discover the scissors had been accidentally left on the scales and that 8in Maddalena...
  • Cameron: British EU exit is “imaginable”

    12/18/2012 2:10:48 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 12/18/2012 @ 09:51 | Benjamin Fox
    UK Prime Minister David Cameron has conceded that withdrawal from the EU is “imaginable,” in the latest indication that the Conservative leader is preparing the ground for a radical change in the country’s EU status. During a statement in the House of Commons on Monday (17 December) on last week’s EU summit in Brussels, the Prime Minister said: “Clearly all futures for Britain are imaginable. We are in charge of our own destiny; we can make our own choices. I believe the choice we should make is to stay in the European Union, to be members of the single market,...
  • Spain accused of “act of war” off Gibraltar after two naval vessels enter waters around The Rock

    12/18/2012 1:22:35 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 15:27 EST, 13 December 2012 | Richard Hartley-Parkinson
    Spain was accused of an “act of war” today after its naval ships repeatedly entered the territorial waters of Gibraltar. Bob Stewart, Tory MP for Beckenham, said the British Government needed to “respond robustly to this aggravation” after Commons Leader Andrew Lansley said two Spanish naval vessels entered the waters of Gibraltar on Monday. He said they were given radio warnings before leaving, but Mr. Stewart, a former colonel, said the incursion was illegal and the Government needed to “do something about it”. …
  • Shortage of critical care paediatric beds,doctors warn

    12/17/2012 3:59:49 PM PST · by mdittmar · 7 replies
    BBC ^ | December 17,2012 | BBC
    The NHS is facing a shortage of beds to treat critically-ill children,doctors warn.The Paediatric Intensive Care Society and three other medical organisations say all 29 units in the UK are running close to capacity due to a surge in seasonal respiratory illness. The Department of Health is expected to release additional money to help hospitals with winter pressures.On Monday there were 10-20 unoccupied beds available.During the previous week, there were days when virtually all of the beds were full - although doctors stress no child came to any harm as a result.Services stretchedMedics say paediatric services are working hard to...
  • The United Kingdom says “Yes!” to fracking

    12/17/2012 10:06:28 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/17/2012 | Erika Johnsen
    The hydraulic fracturing, a.k.a. fracking, modern-day gold rush is quickly doing work on our global energy outlook. The improved technology and increased use of the decades-old technique has unlocked hitherto untapped reserves of oil and natural gas, bettering various countries economic opportunities by expanding domestic energy production and decreasing dependence on foreign sources. What’s more, natural gas has the potential to help the world lower their net carbon emissions, as we’ve already done in the United States.A lot of countries and interest groups have been resistant to allowing fracking, nervous about ostensible environmental concerns, but after extensive studies the world...
  • MPs and Peers launch gay marriage rebellion, saying Cameron has “no mandate” (UK)

    12/17/2012 1:05:07 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Sunday Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10:00PM GMT 16 Dec 2012 | John Bingham
    The scale of rebellion David Cameron faces over same-sex marriage is made clear as dozens of MPs and peers signed up to a new cross-party alliance publicly pledging to resist the move. Almost 60 members of the Commons and Lords have signed a letter to The Daily Telegraph accusing the Coalition of acting without a mandate. In a strongly-worded statement, they pour scorn on the Government’s consultation process, which they say is mired in doubts over its legitimacy. And they accuse the Coalition of “plowing on regardless” in the face of what they describe as an “overwhelming public response” of...
  • Has World War II carrier pigeon message been cracked?

    12/16/2012 3:09:22 PM PST · by the scotsman · 28 replies
    BBC News ^ | 16th December 2012 | Anna Browning
    'An encrypted World War II message found in a fire place strapped to the remains of a dead carrier pigeon may have been cracked by a Canadian enthusiast. Gord Young, from Peterborough, in Ontario, says it took him 17 minutes to decypher the message after realising a code book he inherited was the key. Mr Young says the 1944 note uses a simple World War I code to detail German troop positions in Normandy. GCHQ says it would be interested to see his findings. The message was discovered by 74-year-old David Martin when he was renovating the chimney of his...
  • Christmas carnage kicks off across Britain as drunken revellers stretch emergency services

    12/16/2012 11:20:04 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 24 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | December 16, 2012 | Daily Mail Reporter
    A young woman dressed in next to nothing lies prostrate on a soaking pavement, one of thousands of binge-drinking revellers who caused chaos on Britain's streets on 'Black Friday'. With just nine days until Christmas, hordes of party-goers ignored the driving rain and freezing conditions to pack out pubs, bars and clubs on festive parties, and many were so drunk they could barely stand. In scenes of carnage repeated across the country, women stumbled in the middle of the road and yobs fought in and outside bars, while some thugs hurled rubbish at each other. To prepare for what is...
  • (CT shooting) "Give teachers guns": US blogs awash with people calling for more people to be armed

    12/16/2012 7:32:04 AM PST · by marktwain · 61 replies
    mirror.co.uk ^ | 16 December, 2012 | Anton Antonowicz
    SCREAMING mums at schools, dads cradling children... it’s all too familiar to those of us who live in the United States. Hours after the latest outrage the internet was awash with the unapologetic views of those who live and die by the gun. Take this: “No crime would be permitted on my property because I am f****** armed. I can’t wait to kill someone ­legally.” Or this from Alan ­Gottlieb, head of the pro-gun 2nd Amendment Foundation: “There was nobody in that school allowed a firearm. I find that deplorable. I’m sure Lanza felt he could go in ­because no...
  • EU leaders back Monti against Berlusconi

    12/15/2012 5:53:58 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 13.12.12 @ 18:35 (Dec. 13) | Honor Mahony and Valentina Pop
    Germany’s Angela Merkel and other center-right leaders have indicated they would like to see Mario Monti to keep on running Italy instead of Silvio Berlusconi. The center-right leaders—as well as the two Italian political adversaries—met in Brussels ahead of an EU summit on Thursday (13 December) in an event designed to prevent Italy’s political turmoil from stirring up the euro crisis once again. The center-right European People’s Party (EPP) chief Hans Martens admitted to journalists he stage-managed the whole thing so that neither Monti nor Berlusconi knew the other would be there until the last minute to make sure that...
  • Cameron: “We have opportunities to maximize what we want from Europe”

    12/15/2012 6:05:09 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 14 December 2012 | (EurActiv.com with Reuters)
    Britain must use the upheaval created by the eurozone crisis to forge a new relationship with the European Union, Prime Minister David Cameron said on Friday as he fights a rising anti-EU mood at home that could threaten his chances of re-election. Speaking at the end of a summit of EU leaders that secured the first part of a banking union, Cameron played down fears Britain’s future lies on the margins of a two-tier Europe, while eurozone members build an ever-stronger core. “I don’t think Britain is in an uncomfortable position at all,” he told a news conference in Brussels...
  • US and UK refuse to sign UN's communications treaty

    12/15/2012 12:41:31 AM PST · by knighthawk · 11 replies
    BBC ^ | December 14 2012
    The US, Canada, Australia and UK have refused to sign an international communications treaty at an conference in Dubai. The countries had objected to calls for all states to have equal rights to the governance of the internet. But the breaking point was the addition of text relating to "human rights".
  • ISLAM IS THE FASTEST GROWING RELIGION IN ENGLAND; CHRISTIANITY ON THE DECLINE, CENSUS DATA SHOWS

    12/14/2012 12:32:21 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 12/14/2012 | Jason Howerton
    Islam is the fastest growing religion in England and Wales, according to new census data. The number of people identifying with no religion nearly doubled over the last decade while the percentage of people who call themselves Christians has dropped to 59 percent, down from 72 percent 10 years ago. The Muslim Council of Britain was pleased with the new data, saying Muslims were playing a “significant part in increasing diversity in Britain.” Of the roughly 56.07 million people counted in the census, 33.24 million described themselves as “Christian” while 2.7 million identified as Muslims, an increase from 3.0 percent...
  • 1996: Massacre in Dunblane school gym

    12/14/2012 11:50:24 AM PST · by BBell · 3 replies
    A lone gunman has gone on a shooting spree at a school in Dunblane, Scotland, killing 16 children and their teacher. The killer sprayed shots at random around the school gym in an attack that lasted just three minutes, but caused carnage in a class of five and six year olds. He then turned the gun on himself. Twelve other children were taken to hospital in Stirling, where one is reported to have later died of his injuries. The killer has been named as Thomas Hamilton, 43, a local man, who had once - briefly - been a scout master...
  • Christians Drop 13 Percent in UK; Census Reveals Just 59 Percent Identify as Christian in 2011

    12/14/2012 9:14:58 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/14/2012
    There has been a huge 13 percent drop in the number of people in Britain identifying themselves as Christian, according to new data released from the 2011 Census. The shocking statistics reveal that the number of Christians has fallen from 37 million to 33 million since 2001. Christians now make up only 59 percent of the population, as opposed to 72 percent in 2001. Meanwhile, the number of Muslims has risen from 1.5 million to 2.7 million - or 5 percent of the population - while the number of people describing themselves as having no religion rose by 10 percent...
  • £100 billion and counting: What Britain has paid to Brussels in the last 40 years

    12/13/2012 5:36:26 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 07:42 EST, 13 December 2012 | Matt Chorley
    Britain’s membership of the European Union has cost taxpayers almost £100 billion since its formation. As David Cameron travels to Brussels today for another EU summit, it emerged that from 1973 to this year, Britain has paid £97 billion ($156 billion) in net payments. … Cameron is due to attend talks today aimed are establishing a single banking watchdog for Eurozone countries. … But the move is being seen as a significant step towards a European super state. … It means national governments will no longer have oversight of their banks. …
  • Britain lifts ban on shale gas fracking

    12/13/2012 5:17:39 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Irish Times ^ | Thursday, December 13, 2012, 11:14 | (Agencies)
    Britain this morning lifted its ban on shale gas exploration as it aims to become a European leader in a sector that has transformed the US energy market and counter a fall in the UK’s natural gas production. … Europe’s largest gas consumer, Britain, had put a temporary stop to hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” for shale gas in May 2011, a process in which water and chemicals are injected at high pressure into rock formations to retrieve trapped gas, after earth tremors were measured near a fracking site close to Blackpool. Fracking can resume immediately, but explorers need to operate...
  • UK: Sikh soldier becomes first guardsman to parade outside Buckingham palace in a turban

    12/12/2012 7:05:19 AM PST · by Cronos · 101 replies
    IBN live ^ | 12 12 12 | AP
    <p>London: Britain's Ministry of Defence says a Sikh soldier has become the first guardsman to parade outside Buckingham Palace while wearing his traditional turban. Fifty family members were on hand on Tuesday as Guardsman Jatinderpal Singh Bhullar as he took part in the changing of the guard at the London home of Queen Elizabeth II.</p>
  • Gay weddings not the answer, David Cameron told

    12/12/2012 1:33:08 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9:29PM GMT 11 Dec 2012 | Tim Ross
    David Cameron is imperilling the “entire political credibility” of the Conservative Party by supporting same-sex marriage, a Tory MP has said. Brian Binley accused the Prime Minister of chasing headlines instead of making responsible policies. …
  • As census reveals over a million Britons were born to inter-racial relationships

    12/12/2012 12:37:12 AM PST · by Cronos · 18 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11.12.2012 | Tanith Carey
    Whenever the moment comes when I have to choose the box on the Census that asks me to describe my national identity, my hand hovers over which one to tick. With my fair hair, pale skin and green eyes, I certainly look like I should be picking the category that says ‘White/British’. But by putting my mark in that square, I would not be doing justice to all that I am. Like more than one million people in Britain, according to data from the 2011 Census released yesterday, I am a member of the fastest-growing population group in this country:...
  • Decade that changed the face of the UK: in London less than half of the population is white British

    12/12/2012 12:19:01 AM PST · by Cronos · 11 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11.12.2012 | Steve Doughty
    Nearly four million immigrants swelled the population of England and Wales over just ten years, the results of the national census revealed yesterday. The figures show 7.5million people who were born abroad were living here last year – of whom more than half have arrived since 2001. Census officials said they mean that more than 70 per cent of the record rise in the overall population over the past decade is produced by people who migrated into Britain. It said 13 per cent of people in the country, 7.5million, were born outside Britain. Of these, 3.8million arrived after 2001, including...
  • For the first time, fewer than half of us are married {UK}

    12/12/2012 12:08:12 AM PST · by Cronos · 5 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11.12.2012 | Steve Doughty
    Fewer than half the population are now married, the census found for the first time It showed that the number of those over 16 who declare themselves to be married has dropped to 46.6 per cent. In the 2001 census the majority were still husbands or wives, at 50.9 per cent. The 46.6 per cent who were married compared with more than two thirds, 67 per cent, in 1971. Just over a third of the adult population, 34.6 per cent, was single, up from 30.1 per cent in 2001. The singles in the census include those in cohabiting relationships. Numbers...
  • Churches Face Challenge on Same-Sex Unions

    12/11/2012 8:21:57 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11 Dec 2012 | Tim Ross
    Churches could be sued by homosexual rights activists who want same-sex marriage, the Government has admitted.The Coalition yesterday announced new proposals to legalise same-sex weddings in churches, synagogues and other faith organisations that choose to opt in. The Church of England and the Church in Wales are to be explicitly banned by law from holding same-sex weddings under the Bill. Maria Miller, the equalities minister, promised that “watertight” protections would prevent religious organisations from being forced to conduct same-sex weddings against their wishes. However, she admitted that the Government was powerless to prevent campaigners bringing legal action against churches in...
  • We risk being like Norway if we quit EU, says Cameron: Britain will be “unable to influence laws”

    12/11/2012 8:49:54 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 02:56 EST, 11 December 2012 | Jason Groves
    Britain faces being “governed by fax” from Brussels and reduced to the standing of Norway if it leaves the European Union but stays in the single market, the Prime Minister said yesterday. At a lunch in Westminster, David Cameron insisted he did not want Britain to leave the EU. … He said: “I don’t want Britain to leave the EU. I think that we benefit crucially from the single market and I think it is worth understanding what leaving would involve. You can be like Norway, and you can have full access to the single market, but you have absolutely...
  • Graffiti gang who caused £150,000 worth of damage to trains described by judge as “talented artists”

    12/11/2012 8:21:57 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 10:13 EST, 11 December 2012 | Kerry McDermott
    A judge described a graffiti gang who caused £150,000 ($242,000) worth of damage in planned attacks on trains as “talented artists”, as he locked them up for a combined total of almost four years. Keiron Cummings, 21, Alex Rowe, 22, and Billy McColl, 17, targeted train and tube carriages across London in a three-year campaign described as vandalism on “an industrial scale”. The trio, who called themselves “SMT”, caused huge disruption to train services by spraying their tag onto carriages under cover of darkness. But Judge Henry Blacksell said the defendants had “got talent”, and that he would pass the...
  • Gay marriage: Religious 'opt-in' offered, but not to CofE

    12/11/2012 8:06:23 AM PST · by Seizethecarp · 2 replies
    BBC ^ | December 11, 2012 | Unattributed
    The Church of England and Church in Wales will be banned in law from offering same-sex marriages, the government has announced. Other religious organisations will be able to "opt in" to holding ceremonies, Culture Secretary Maria Miller said. But she added that the Church of England and Church in Wales had "explicitly" stated strong opposition and would not be included. In her statement, Mrs Miller promised a "quadruple lock" to protect religious freedom, involving: No religious organisation or individual minister being compelled to marry same-sex couples or to permit this to happen on their premises Making it unlawful for religious...
  • Hero of the Telemark Raid dies aged 101

    12/10/2012 5:00:50 PM PST · by the scotsman · 35 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 10th December 2012 | Daniel Miller
    'One of the last two survivors of the legendary Second World War 'Heroes of the Telemark' raid, which helped thwart Hitler's plans to build a Nazi nuclear bomb, has died aged 101. Just 31 at the time, Norwegian Birger Stromsheim was the oldest member of the team who successfully destroyed the hard water production facility at the Norsk Hydoelectric plant in Telemark, southern Norway. The raid, which is regarded as one of the most successful acts of sabotage in World War II, was also remarkable for the fact all the team managed to escape by cross country skiing 250 miles...
  • Gordon Brown jetted off abroad on 28 trips, earned £2m+ in fees and expenses since leaving No. 10

    12/09/2012 10:36:33 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Mail on Sunday (UK) ^ | 11:33 EST, 9 December 2012 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown has not uttered one word in Parliament for a year, it emerged today. Although he has kept his counsel in the House, Mr. Brown has been jet-setting around the world over the past 12 months. He has declared 28 trips abroad on the MPs’ register of interests—many of them linked to his humanitarian work. And since he left Downing Street in 2010, he has received £2 million ($3.2 million) in fees and expenses—all of which has been plowed back into his public and charitable activities. …
  • Return of The Snowman: 30 years after the Christmas TV classic

    12/09/2012 7:28:25 AM PST · by the scotsman · 15 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 9th December 2012 | Claudia Connell
    'For many families, The Snowman by Raymond Briggs has become as much a part of Christmas as mince pies. To mark the 30th anniversary of the film — featuring the iconic Walking In The Air flying sequence — the team behind it have made a sequel, The Snowman And The Snowdog, to be screened on Channel 4 on Christmas Eve. Here, we bring you an exclusive preview — without spoiling all the surprises — revealing the painstaking care that goes into every frame...'
  • Why did nurse at Kate Middleton’s hospital kill herself?

    12/09/2012 6:55:58 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 87 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/09/2012 | Delia Lloyd
    LONDON — It’s the million-dollar question, and not only here in the U.K. Jacintha Saldana — one of the nurses taken in by the prank phone call to the hospital where Catherine, duchess of Cambridge, was being treated for acute morning sickness — killed herself early Friday. And we are all left scratching our heads. Why did she do it? Of course, the first thing we all wonder is about her mental stability. We’d all desperately like to believe that this hard-working mother of two, who commuted 140 miles to her day job, often working double shifts so that she...