A recycled Merry Xmas & a Good New Year
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The historian David Irving, who was enjoying the hospitality of the Austrian regime in Graz prison at the time of writing, was able to indulge in an impromptu book-signing session. Accused of playing down genocide in World War II, and Hitler's knowledge of it, Mr. Irvine was amused to find two of his books, which express his views on these very topics, in the prison library.
Start a forest fire & save the planet!
A minor cosmetic change . . .
Too fat to fly!
. . . go to Nottingham, where PC Coetzee's record-breaking campaign against local criminals has been brought to a shuddering halt by his bosses.
new labour chases killers' vote
Perks of the Job?
Policing, Policing, Policing
Dumb hiding place!
Another Dodgy Dossier on the way
Merger with a hidden agenda
Thus far, the Home Office has been very quiet on which option is the preferred one.
A prolific writer of science fiction stories has died at 77. Mr. Sheckley's work began to appear in American magazines in the 1950s, especially in Galaxy and The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. He tended to focus on the people in his stories rather than the nuts and bolts of the technology that they used; or which made life tough for them!
A former head of New York's Genovese mob had died at 77. Nicknamed 'The Oddfather', Mr. Gigante evaded prosecution for decades by pretending to be mentally ill. He used to wander round Greenwich village in his pyjamas and he talked to himself, rather than the DA, to get himself declared incompetent. He eventually admitted that he was faking in 2003 and he finished his career in a prison hospital.
Another prolific science-fiction author, British this time, had died at 84. Creator of 170 novels and 200+ short stories, Ken Bulmer was also known for the variety of his pen names. He branched out from science fiction to historical novels set in Roman times and Anglo-Saxon England, maritime history, heroic fantasies, war stories and crime novels, which included adaptations of the scripts for the TV series The Professionals.
"The only decent news channel that there was," to quote a satisfied viewer, became one with history on the Friday before Xmas. Having lost tens of millions of pounds over the last 4 or so year, it was supposed to hang on to the end of January 2006. But ITV's bosses evidently decided not to chuck more cash into the black hole.
The TV and publishing tycoon, and Australia's richest man, had died at 68. Mr. Packer will be best remembered for revolutionizing cricket in the late 1970s with his World Series Cricket. He recruited the best players to play in brightly coloured pyjamas in floodlit, limited-over matches. Cricket acquired a new TV audience and new, enduring match formats, and the players acquired bigger salaries and greater expectations. Mr. Packer will also be remembered for his big-spending gambling and his dramatic acts of generosity.
The spy turned author of novels, under his own and several pen names, and radio plays has died at 88. Ted Allbeury served as an intelligence officer in the Special Operations Executive during World War II. When peace broke out, he went into advertising, and running a pirate radio station, and took up writing in his mid-fifties. His spy novels focussed on 'the human cost' for agents on all sides and he achieved the distinction of out-earning Barbara Cartland (just once) in terms of public lending right payments on books of his borrowed from libraries.
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For years, doctors have been saying that a moderate amount of alcohol is good for you. But another 'expert' from New Zealand is saying that previous statistics included faulty data and any amount of alcohol is bad for you because the disbenefits heavily outweigh the benefits.
Attention anyone hoping to go to hospital
Frankenstein Food Warning!
prime minister to have urgent medical treatment
A proper Xmas pudding is good for you as it contains lots of healthy fruits and nuts, anti-carcinogenic flavonoids and terpenes from the citrus peel, feel-good spices and a dash of cheering alcohol.
Vitamin of the month : D
The top people in the public sector received average pay rises of 13% last year five times the rate of inflation. The head of Ofcom got 18% while the boss of Network Rail did even better with 26%.
Make the superstitious pay
Isn't it great to have a monopoly?
The Royal Mail is planning to raise the price of a first-class stamp to £3 by 2010 to plug a £500 billion black hole in the company pension fund.
Well, someone has to do it
One with history . . .
New leader, new policy
Value for money or just money-grubbing?
The Bristol Evening Post ran a big front-page story when a Chinese restaurant in Weston super Mare was fined £20K for cockroaches in the food and other hygiene regulation violations. But very few regular customers in the area got to see it. Two blokes hit every newsagent within 40 miles of Weston on publication day and bought up every copy in sight. The two brothers who own the Sea Palace restaurant later denied having anything to do with the censorship attempt.
Time for a change
Stockport council's ruling Triv-Dems have showered Romiley residents with glossy leaflets promising a massive campaign of 'improvements', many of them entirely trivial and in the 'just get on with it' category, such as pruning bushes to improve visibility.
Of course, the real reason for the Big Plan is an attempt to deflect attention from the Triv-Dems' stitch-up over the fate of Romiley Primary School, but the residents are not fooled. What they want most of all is to have Romiley's pavements put into proper repair after decades of neglect. And the school to stay where it is.
Free Novelty Water
Romiley dodges the big freeze
Bigger bills, worse services
An anti-Xmas move, which began in San Francisco in the mid-1990s, has been trying to liven up New Zealand this year. Their protests against the commercialization of Xmas take the form of drunken mass protests by a gang of people wearing Santa suits. The strategy is to make life difficult for police officers who are trying to spot which of 50 odd people are actually doing damage rather than just staggering about.
What's in this month?
Terrifying the Xmas-Denyers
Damping down the Xmas high!
Thanks to Otto V. for sending us the spam email containing this interesting cartoon. [The email offered no information on the product, but we could guess what it was about. Ed.]
Doctors in Germany are feeling underpaid, overworked and under appreciated. So they are threatening to quit their jobs en masse and move to Britain to help out our NHS. Nice of them!
A very useful invention
Congratters to the Scottish team for winning the world elephant polo championship in Nepal for the 2nd year in succession.
"Please keep your gobs shut!"
Another wheel has come off
Too many eyes watching?
World Cup rip-off warning
One strike and you're out of pocket
Restriction of Xmas trade
Air-rager brought to earth
bliar sells out Britain to save his own face
Something you can bet on something highly dodgy is on the way!
Oh, no! Divine retribution on the way
The year-end asylum fiddle
The new Tory leader posh and young and sneaky
David Cameron's tactic of backing mr. b. liar when he steals Tory policies will result in severe internal splits in the labour party. Real Labour dinosaurs will feel free to vote against such policies in large numbers, knowing that they will not embarrass their party by making it lose the vote.
A U-turn on the dangers of cannabis
A new Dodgy Dossier on the way
Doing away with the regulators
An insatiable appetite for freebies
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