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Do you ever suffer from those long sleepless nights when your mind decides that rather than sleep, it’s going to replay the Top Ten Most Embarrassing Moments of your life? Well, it could be much worse. A student at the University of Derby, but originally hailing from North Wales, became trapped in a clothes horse and required help from the Fire Service to be freed. Danielle Morgan was apparently “mucking about” and fell off her friend’s bed and somehow became entangled in the clothes horse. Bolt croppers were required to free the student, whose friends very kindly and helpfully recorded…

Anders Breivik, who was responsible for the Norway massacre in July this year, has been declared insane by Norwegian psychiatrists. Psychiatrists believe that Breivik was suffering from paranoid schizophrenia when he killed 77 people and injured 151 in a massacre that shook the world. Breivik admitted killing and injuring the many victims but declared that the attacks were necessary. An online manifesto expresses Breivik’s views, and he comments that he was protecting Europe from the Muslim Invasion, which was being allowed by the cultural Marxists of the Norwegian Labour Party. Psychiatrists, quoted “Breivik was in his own delusional universe where…

Lies, rumours and cover-ups have gone hand in hand with American elections since the late 1700’s, where sex scandals, undesirable relatives and the shady exchange of money were all prime ammunition for presidential candidates. The boundaries are removed and outcome the forbidden topics; the popular religious gambits and, hot topics for the White House, war and terrorism. As a result, no candidate will be able to take a debate during their campaign without having a quote or two taken out of context and manipulated with the aim of giving them a public status worthy of Nixon. Take Herman Cain for…

Over 10,000 people donned their best zombie gear and took to the streets in Mexico City in an attempt to break the world record for zombie walking. Men, women and children from all walks of life got into the spirit from dressing in dirty rags to costumes that would make Hollywood jealous to take part in this bizarre event. The current official world record stands at 4,093 people, who gathered at Asbury Park in 2010 to walk the streets as Zombies. A group in Brisbane recently laid claim to having a zombie walk with around 8,000 participants last month, but…

Joey talks Christmas values and the hideous Littlewoods advert… At the time of writing (late November), I find it only just about acceptable to begin talking about Christmas. Every year, it seems that Christmas preparations begin earlier and earlier. It’s hard enough when you see adverts for ‘Christmas 2011’ on Boxing Day 2010, but when shops are putting up displays and setting out cards in September, then you know something’s going a little awry. Christmas is no longer about family. Regardless of whether you see the festive season as it was meant to be seen, as a celebration of the…

Section 1 of the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2005 allows the Home Secretary to impose any obligation that he, or a Court, “considers necessary for purposes connected with preventing or restricting involvement by that individual in terrorism related activity.” In practice the restrictions can be almost unlimited and allow for a suspect to be under house arrest. These Control Orders can last for a maximum of 12 months but can be renewed. Control Orders do require permission from the High Court, so in a sense the Home Secretary does need some permission before the control order is imposed, except where…

The annual Hospital Guide published by research company Dr. Foster has shown that you are more likely to die if you are admitted to hospital in need of life saving treatment on the weekend. The report said that it would appear some deaths could have been avoided if there was better access to diagnostic equipment, and if there was generally better staffing on weekends. It also suggests that hospital emergency departments are only staffing adequately for a five day week, leaving mostly junior doctors and nurses to deal with the majority of patients at the weekend. In essence, senior consultants…

Last week saw James Murdoch resign from the executive boards which run The Sun and The Times. Mr Murdoch, son and heir apparent of the media mogul Rupert, had played an integral role in defending his father’s company in over the past couple of months. It has become clear, however, that James was as embroiled in the scandal as any other player; thus this would appear to be a pre-emptive action ahead of calls for his resignation from the company as a whole. The scandal, which has now achieved levels of infamy, seems to be spreading further into News International…

On the 28th of November Egyptians voted for the first time since the removal of President Hosni Mubarak. The elections mark a milestone in Egyptian history, as for the first time in over 30 years Egyptians were able to vote without fear of intimidation from Mubarak’s men. The elections had a high turnout, and in many instances, it has been reported that there were long queues present outside polling stations throughout most of the day, the longest stretching an impressive 3km. The polls opened late due to administrative problems, but officials later extended the closing hours until midnight to compensate…

Jez looks at the reasons that people all over the world are taking to the streets and making their voices heard If 2010 was a year that will be remembered for the Coalition turning politics on its head, then 2011 should be remembered as the year where the establishment were challenged. Not, of course, by the Coalition Government, but by ordinary people (and in some cases enraged celebrities) taking a stand against what some see as “morally repulsive” inequality (Brendan Barber, General Secretary of the TUC). The start of the year was dominated by the phone hacking scandal and the…

Dorothy Carrington in her book Granite Island: A Portrait of Corsica, describes the first impressions of Corsica on her first visit in 1948. “The mountains surged into the sky, behind, beyond, above one another, ending in rows of cones and spikes and square-topped knobs like gigantic teeth. Their lower slopes, smothered in vegetation, looked uninhabited and impenetrable.” This mysterious island is not to be underestimated by any stretch, it is home to a people strongly motivated to preserve the traditional Corsica, the natural beauty of the island both physical and cultural, as described by Carrington. I write this, a summary…

On Wednesday 30th September the biggest strike in 30 years took place nationwide over the issue of Public Sector pensions. The mass support for striking came after the news that Public Sector workers would contribute considerably more to their pensions but have to work for longer before they were entitled to them. After lengthy negotiations between Trade Unions and the Government that seemed fruitless, it was not surprising that such mass support was present as the strikes got underway. The strikes caused much disruption through the UK effecting universities, schools, airports, ports, council offices, hospitals and many other areas of…

Wednesday 30th November will see the biggest mobilisation of public sector workers in decades; they are all going to be at it: Heathrow, Schools, NHS workers, Border Forces. In other words, disrupted services right, left and centre. Pensions,  that is where it starts and ends. When the NHS was implemented in 1945 it promised a Welfare Service looking after to you from cradle to grave. Generations down the line and that sentiment still remains noble if not completely realistic. Of course everyone wants it, and damn right expects it. Whoever is the first to propose scrapping elements of the welfare…

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