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  • Thatcher urged to steal French-made Exocet missiles during Falklands war

    12/28/2012 10:47:05 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Friday 28 December 2012 | Richard Norton-Taylor and Owen Bowcott
    Thatcher urged to steal French-made Exocet missiles during Falklands war National Archives papers outline plan of attorney general to hijack missiles being transported through South America One of Britain's most senior law officers at the time of the Falklands conflict, the attorney general, Sir Michael Havers, urged the prime minister to steal deadly French Exocet missiles to stop them ending up in the hands of the enemy. The ingenious scheme is revealed in previously secret documents released to the National Archives on Friday which show how the UK government attempted to subvert South American solidarity with Argentina. The Chilean junta...
  • How Mrs Thatcher personally paid... the £1,800 cost of (son's) rescue operation...

    12/28/2012 3:57:56 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 4 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 28th December 2012 | David Wilkes and Claire Ellicott
    After her son Mark got lost in the desert competing in the Paris-Dakar rally, Margaret Thatcher shed a rare tear in public. When it came to paying for his rescue, however, the 'Iron Lady' was firmly back in the driving seat and at pains to ensure she personally, not taxpayers, footed the bill for her hapless off-spring's misadventure. ..... With that matter resolved, the Foreign Office calculated their costs for other accommodation, travel, telegrams and telephone calls to be £1,191. No charges were made to official funds 'other than those which would be so charged in case of assistance for...
  • How Mrs Thatcher personally paid son Mark's bar tab and the £1,800 cost of his rescue

    12/28/2012 3:21:54 PM PST · by UKrepublican · 12 replies
    After her son Mark got lost in the desert competing in the Paris-Dakar rally, Margaret Thatcher shed a rare tear in public. When it came to paying for his rescue, however, the 'Iron Lady' was firmly back in the driving seat and at pains to ensure she personally, not taxpayers, footed the bill for her hapless off-spring's misadventure.
  • Shocking moment motorist is ambushed and pistol-whipped by pair of masked robbers.

    12/28/2012 10:26:50 AM PST · by Mr Ramsbotham · 34 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1:29 EST, 28 December 2012 | Helen Collis
    This is the shocking moment two masked thugs brutally attacked a 62-year-old man with a gun moments after he arrived home. The footage shows how the man, who had just driven up to his house and parked his Range Rover, was punched to the floor before being repeatedly hit with the weapon.
  • Reagan's Last-Ditch Falklands Plea Revealed

    12/28/2012 10:11:00 AM PST · by the scotsman · 72 replies
    Sky News ^ | 28th December 2012 | Alistair Bunkall
    'Ronald Reagan issued a last-ditch appeal to Margaret Thatcher to abandon her campaign to retake the Falklands and to hand over the islands to international peacekeepers, according to official documents made public today. Files released by the National Archives at Kew, South West London, under the 30-year rule show that as British troops closed in on final victory, the US president made a late-night phone call to Mrs Thatcher urging her not to completely humiliate the Argentines. However, his request fell on deaf ears as a defiant Prime Minister insisted that she had not sent a British task force across...
  • When Gun Control Satire Becomes Reality

    12/28/2012 8:16:45 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 28, 2012 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Back in my less sophisticated days (shocking as it may seem, I wasn’t always the mature, statesmanlike figure I am today), I sometimes resorted to silly arguments when debating gun control, such as, “does this mean you want to ban knives since they also can be used to kill people?” Smarter opponents would scoff and accuse me of knocking down straw men, assuming a non-existent slippery slope, or engaging in reductio ad absurdum.I wasn’t even sure what the last one meant, but I secretly felt chagrined because I also thought the argument was nonsense. But it’s not like we had...
  • organist dies days after brutal attack as he walked to church to play at Christmas Eve Midnight Mass

    12/28/2012 6:49:05 AM PST · by Cronos · 33 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 28 Dec 2012 | Steve Robson
    A 'gentle, well-respected' organist has died after being subjected to a brutal attack that left him with horrific head injuries. Grandfather Alan Greaves, 68, was on his way to Midnight Mass at St Saviour's CoE church in High Green, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, on Christmas Eve when he was set upon. He was found by a pizza delivery worker collapsed on the pavement outside a primary school just 300 metres from the church. He was rushed to hospital with severe head injuries and underwent a four-hour emergency operation but has since passed away. 'He was a good man and this was...
  • 'Poverty barons' who make a fortune from taxpayer-funded aid budget

    12/27/2012 2:16:11 PM PST · by Lorianne · 7 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 15 September 2012 | Andrew Gilligan
    The Department for International Development (DFID) paid almost £500million last year to consultants, mostly British, many of whom earn six, even seven-figure incomes, courtesy of the taxpayer. DFID also funds dozens of foreign consultancy firms. It is paying £6million to the University of Cape Town to investigate mental health issues in southern Africa and millions of pounds to US-based organisations, including the Clinton Foundation, the International Food Policy Research Institute and Family Health Inter-national. It is paying a Washington-based group, Search for Common Ground, £3.9million to “support the electoral cycle in Sierra Leone”. Consultancy firms in India and Uganda are...
  • UK Considers Banning Kitchen Knives

    12/27/2012 11:16:08 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 74 replies
    Godfather Politics ^ | December 27, 2012 | Philip Hodges
    We joke about it here in the U.S. that maybe the UK should ban kitchen knives since they can be used to kill someone. It looks like the UK may have taken those jokes a little too seriously because theyÂ’ve been considering banning long, pointed kitchen knives for the past several years. Researchers from West Middlesex University Hospital found that crime in their country was on the rise, and that kitchen knives were used in as many as half of all stabbings.At least theyÂ’re being consistent. They thought guns were dangerous, so they banned guns. Now, theyÂ’re acknowledging that knives...
  • British Doctors Call for Ban on Long Kitchen Knives to End Stabbings

    12/27/2012 9:09:36 AM PST · by Nachum · 79 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 12/27/12 | Daniel Greenfield
    The good news is that if we ever do get that assault rifle ban, followed by a handgun ban, followed by a ban of anything that can shoot bullets, the “Banners” will still have a banner year of banning all the other ways with which people kill other people. Violent crimes haven’t gone away with the UK’s gun control. They’ve actually gone up. Britons suffer 1,158,957 violent crimes per year, which works out at 2,034 per 100,000 residents. The U.S., meanwhile, has a rate of 466 crimes per 100,000 residents, which is lower than France’s, at 504 Instead of gun...
  • Man the Nazis could not kill: A giant with a volcanic temper, he shot 100 enemy soldiers and won..

    Sergeant-Major Stan Hollis, of Middlesbrough was the only soldier awarded a VC at D-Day and is believed to have gunned down 100 German soldiersDuring the early hours of June 6, 1944 - D-Day - lines of scared young soldiers waited in the dark for the order to board the landing craft that would take them into battle on the beaches of northern France. At the last minute they were issued with an unexpected piece of equipment — a condom each! ‘What are these for?’ boomed out the voice of Sergeant-Major Stan Hollis, a hulking power-house of a man from...
  • UK reclaims sixth largest economy slot {from Brazil}

    12/27/2012 1:49:09 AM PST · by Cronos · 2 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 26 Dec 2012 | Philip Aldrick
    However, the UK will not be able to avoid a relative decline over the next decade – falling to eighth behind India, Brazil, and Russia but avoiding the dramatic plunge expected for France and Italy – according to the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR). Brazil overtook the UK over the past year but has slipped to seventh in CEBR’s World Economic League Table rankings due to the weakness of its currency.Brazil is expected to overtake the UK again in 2014. The next decade will see Brazil, Russia, India, and China – cement their economic dominance as Europe suffers...
  • {UK}Coalition may use 'nuclear option’ to force through gay marriage law

    12/27/2012 1:41:35 AM PST · by Cronos · 1 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 26 Dec 2012 | John Bingham
    Maria Miller, the Culture Secretary, has signalled that the Government might be prepared to use the Parliament Act to get its planned “equal marriage” legislation on to the statute book if it is rejected in the Lords. The Act, which has been used only seven times in the past century, is sometimes described as the “nuclear” option of parliamentary process to break stalemates between the Commons and the Lords. It asserts the superiority of the House of Commons by allowing Bills that cannot clear the Lords to become law, but is intended to be used only in exceptional circumstances. The...
  • UK: Equal Marriage is "fundamentally flawed" says new in-depth study

    12/26/2012 4:07:21 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 16 replies
    Virtue Online ^ | 12-12-12 | Chris Sugden
    The concept of 'equal marriage' is fundamentally flawed as it presupposes a questionable notion of 'equality' and ignores the essential and defining components of conventional marriage. Gay marriage falsely judges parenting roles as interchangeable. Same sex marriage wrongly assumes that the benefits of marriage are automatically transferable to same-sex couples who 'enter' the same institution. There is no evidence that same-sex couples will benefit from the 'commitment device' invoked by marriage. Gay marriage introduces a disturbing, unproven and socially risky new norm into society, that children do not need both a mother and father for optimal development, when all the...
  • Earliest Known Audio Recording of Christmas Found and Digitized

    12/26/2012 2:03:44 PM PST · by NYer · 18 replies
    geekosystem ^ | December 23, 2012 | Glen Tickle
    Recently discovered wax cylinders have been shown to contain what could be the earliest audio recordings of Christmas in the world. The Museum of London discovered 24 wax cylinders dating back to 1902 that contain a British family’s home phonograph recordings taken at Christmas. The recordings are considered incredibly rare because wax cylinders are fragile. They are made of wax after all, and as such they don’t store very well. Finding them over one hundred years later in playable condition is a Christmas miracle of science.The recordings were made by the Wall family of New Southgate and Friern Barnet in...
  • GCHQ dismisses claims D-Day pigeon riddle has been cracked [UK]

    12/26/2012 10:44:36 AM PST · by Red Badger · 12 replies
    Telegraph [UK] ^ | 11:07AM GMT 26 Dec 2012 | By Steven Swinford
    The intelligence agency GCHQ has dismissed claims that a coded message from the Second World War found tied to the remains of a pigeon in a chimney has been cracked. A team of Canadian researchers claimed earlier this month that the code contained details of German tank movements which had been sent by a British soldier. However, Michael Smith, a trustee of Bletchley Park, said the claims were "nonsense". He said the Canadian academics had used a World War 1 code from the First World War as the basis of their research. He said: "The idea that a World War...
  • Thunderbirds creator Gerry Anderson dies aged 83

    12/26/2012 8:59:40 AM PST · by the scotsman · 33 replies
    BBC News ^ | 26th December 2012 | BBC News
    'Gerry Anderson, creator of the Thunderbirds and Joe 90 puppet superhero TV shows, has died at the age of 83, his son has announced. Anderson had been suffering from Alzheimer's Disease since early 2010, and his condition had worsened in the past six months, Jamie Anderson said. Gerry Anderson also created Stingray and Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons. Thunderbirds was filmed on Slough Trading Estate in Berkshire and was first broadcast in 1965. Jamie Anderson announced the news on his website, saying his father had died peacefully in his sleep at noon on Wednesday. His other creations included UFO, Space:...
  • BBC's 'Top Gear' Host to America: 'It took us 40 years to get rid of Piers Morgan, Pleasse don't

    12/25/2012 8:57:10 PM PST · by Nachum · 44 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/25/12 | Kerry Picket
    Jeremy Clarkson, a British television personality who hosts the popular BBC program Top Gear, weighed in on the controversy surrounding fellow Brit CNN’s Piers Morgan. Clarkson tweeted on Monday: Jeremy Clarkson ✔ @JeremyClarkson Americans. It took us 40 years to get rid of Piers Morgan. Pleasse don't send him back. 24 Dec 12 Reply Retweet Favorite The Top Gear host also tweeted: Jeremy Clarkson ✔ @JeremyClarkson Americans. Was the second amendment not introduced to protect you from the tyranny of the British? Piers Morgan in other words. 24 Dec 12 Reply Retweet Favorite Following the deadly shooting at an elementary...
  • Poll: British Kids Ask Santa For Dads, Siblings

    12/25/2012 8:35:06 PM PST · by george76 · 7 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 25 Dec 2012
    the children of Great Britain understand far better than their parents the reasons for the collapse of Western Civilization: lack of children, and lack of two-parent heterosexual homes. A poll of British parents showed that topping the list of children’s most-requested Christmas gifts was a sibling (Britain’s birth rate is below replacement levels, with most non-immigrant British children not having a sibling). Slightly lower down on the list was a “dad” – Britain’s single motherhood rate is 21 percent. “Less than half” of single parents have a job, and most live off of state assistance. Seventy percent of the criminals...
  • Simple eye scan can reveal extent of Multiple Sclerosi

    12/25/2012 6:34:51 PM PST · by shove_it · 13 replies
    BBC ^ | 24 Dec 2012
    A simple eye test may offer a fast and easy way to monitor patients with multiple sclerosis (MS), medical experts say in the journal Neurology. Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) is a scan that measures the thickness of the lining at the back of the eye - the retina. It takes a few minutes per eye and can be performed in a doctor's surgery. In a trial involving 164 people with MS, those with thinning of their retina had earlier and more active MS. The team of researchers from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine say larger trials with a...