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  • British film director sues after being arrested and held in U.S. jail for three months

    10/19/2012 10:48:30 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 14 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 19th October 2012 | Eddie Wrenn
    'British film director Duncan Roy is suing the Los Angeles County Sheriff after, he claims, he became 'lost' in the prison system for three months - with no option to post bail and no legal recourse. The director was caught in what the LA Times called a 'Kafka-esque corner of America's immigration war', after his name was flagged up by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Despite having the means to post a £35,000 bail on an extortion charge, the director, whose best-known film is a semi-autobiographical account, 'AKA', instead became trapped in a vicious circle. The County Sheriff would not...
  • Weighty Memento: War Veteran's Secret Revealed After His Death [Cremation Reveals Bagful of Metal]

    10/19/2012 9:24:40 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 25 replies
    Telegraph(UK) ^ | October 18, 2012
    Weighty Memento: War Veteran's Secret Revealed After His Death The family of a war hero only discovered the full weight of his bravery after his death when his cremation left behind a huge pile of shrapnel. [Pic in URL] The bag contained a whopping 6oz of bomb shrapnel, roughly two handfuls, that Mr Brown had been carrying around for 60 years 18 Oct 2012 Ronald Brown stepped on a land mine while on a mission in France in August 1944. The blast peppered his left leg with red-hot fragments and he was forced to crawl two miles to safety. But...
  • British Engineers Produce Amazing 'Petrol From Air' Technology

    10/18/2012 8:36:34 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 56 replies
    Telegraph(UK) ^ | October 18, 2012 | Andrew Hough
    British Engineers Produce Amazing 'Petrol From Air' Technology Revolutionary new technology that produces “petrol from air” is being produced by a British firm, it emerged tonight. Andrew Hough 18 Oct 2012 A small company in the north of England has developed the “air capture” technology to create synthetic petrol using only air and electricity. Experts tonight hailed the astonishing breakthrough as a potential “game-changer” in the battle against climate change and a saviour for the world’s energy crisis. The technology, presented to a London engineering conference this week, removes carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The “petrol from air” technology involves...
  • Sylvia Kristel, star of 'Emmanuelle', dies

    10/18/2012 6:42:55 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 32 replies
    BBC News ^ | 18th October 2012 | BBC News
    'Dutch actress Sylvia Kristel, who starred in the 1974 erotic French film Emmanuelle, has died aged 60. "She died during the night during her sleep," her agent, Marieke Verharen, told the AFP news agency. The actress, who had cancer, was admitted to hospital in July after suffering a stroke. Emmanuelle, which told the story of a sexually promiscuous housewife, spawned numerous sequels and played in a cinema on the Champs-Elysees for 11 years. Released in 1974, the soft-focus French film was one of the first erotic movies to be shown in mainstream cinemas.'
  • UK: Guardian 'seriously discussing' end to print edition

    10/17/2012 5:11:57 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 5 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 10/17/2012 | Katherine Rushton,
    The publisher of the Guardian and Observer newspapers is close to axing the print editions of the newspapers, despite the hopes of its editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger to keep them running for several years. Senior figures at Guardian News & Media are seriously discussing the move to an entirely online operation, it has been claimed, leaving Mr Rusbridger increasingly isolated. The longstanding Guardian chief wants to develop the Guardian’s digital-only US operation before pulling the plug on the print edition, in the hope that it will provide a useful blueprint for the online business in Britain. However, trustees of the Scott...
  • Independent Scotland out of Nato 'regardless of SNP vote'

    10/18/2012 2:06:21 AM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | 10/18/12 | Simon Johnson
    An independent Scotland would be refused to entry to Nato regardless of whether SNP members vote tomorrow to reverse the party’s long-standing opposition to the nuclear alliance, the Ministry of Defence has suggested. In evidence to a Commons inquiry, defence chiefs indicated that a separate Scotland’s allowing Trident nuclear submarines to remain in its waters would be the critical factor in whether it would be admitted to Nato. Alex Salmond is hoping to fight off a rebellion at the SNP conference, which starts today, and push through the change in party policy. He fears opposition to Nato will severely undermine...
  • Blind stroke victim shot in the back with 50,000-volt taser by police who mistook his white stick

    10/17/2012 11:58:14 AM PDT · by Nachum · 26 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 10/16/12 | Kerry Mcdermott
    A police force has apologised to a blind grandfather who was shot in the back with a 50,000-volt taser stun gun after officers mistook his white stick for a samurai sword. Two-time stroke-victim Colin Farmer, 61, said he thought he was being attacked by muggers when he was hit with the weapon by the officer, who then handcuffed the retired company director as he fell to the ground. Officers had been dispatched to Chorley, Lancashire - where Mr Farmer had been on his way to meet friends for a drink in a local restaurant - following reports of a man...
  • Police use Taser on blind man after stick mistaken for sword

    10/17/2012 11:24:51 AM PDT · by Eurotwit · 12 replies
    BBC ^ | 17 October 2012 Last updated at 12:51 GMT | BBC
    A police force has apologised after an officer used a Taser on a blind man whose white stick was mistaken for a sword. Colin Farmer, 61, was stunned by police following reports of a man walking through Chorley with a samurai sword. Ch Supt Stuart Williams, of Lancashire Police, said the force had "deep regrets" and had "clearly put this man through a traumatic experience". Mr Farmer was taken to hospital for treatment and later discharged. "It felt like I was grabbing an electricity pylon," he said. Mr Farmer, who has suffered two strokes, said he thought he was being...
  • 30 more Britishisms used by Americans

    10/17/2012 3:54:15 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 50 replies
    BBC News ^ | 17th October 2012 | BBC News
    'The Magazine's recent article about the Britishisation of American English prompted readers to respond with examples of their own - here are 30 British words and phrases that you've noticed being used in the US and Canada.'
  • Policeman mistakes blind man's stick for Samurai sword

    10/17/2012 3:40:02 AM PDT · by markomalley · 20 replies
    A policeman faced an investigation today for tasering a blind man in the street after he mistook his white stick for a Samurai sword. Former company director Colin Farmer, 61, was hit in the back by 50,000 volt stun device and then handcuffed whilst on his way to met friends for a drink in his local pub. Police had earlier been dispatched after reports of a man roaming around Chorley town centre in Lancs armed with a sword. A patrolman spotted stroke victim Mr Farmer walking down the street using his white stick to get around and wrongly assumed he...
  • Girl Shot by Taliban is Treated in Britain

    10/16/2012 4:41:59 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 16 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 16/10/12
    Malala Yousafzai, a young Pakistani activist shot by the Taliban, has been taken to Britain for treatment. Malala, 14, was in critical condition after the shooting, but doctors say her condition is now stable. She is expected to recover, but will need extended medical care. Malala is known for speaking out in favor of education for girls despite the strong Taliban presence in her home region, the Swat valley of Pakistan. The Taliban responded to her activism by shooting her twice...
  • Occupy London protestors chain themselves to pulpit of St. Paul's Cathedral during worship service

    10/16/2012 9:45:27 AM PDT · by tellw · 13 replies
    The Church Times (UK) ^ | 15 Oct 2012 | Ed Thornton
    THE Dean of St Paul's, the Very Revd Dr David Ison, accused Occupy protesters of abusing the cathedral's hospitality, after four protesters chained themselves to the pulpit during evensong yesterday. The evensong service yesterday had been scheduled to include prayers by members of Occupy Faith, to mark the anniversary of the camp arriving at St Paul's. But just before Dr Ison got up to preach, a group of four women chained themselves to the pulpit and, said a statement from St Paul's, "shouted out a list of grievances against St Paul's as well as reading part of the Bible". Dr...
  • Another British Healthcare Horror Story: UK Death Panels

    10/16/2012 7:10:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Townhall ^ | 10/16/2012 | Daniel Mitchell
    Paul Krugman assured us back in 2009 that, “In Britain, the government itself runs the hospitals and employs the doctors. We’ve all heard scare stories about how that works in practice; these stories are false.”If that’s the case, then the British press is filled with liars who deliberately make up horror stories about their nation’s healthcare system, as you can see here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here.We now have another nightmare to add to this list. Here are some of the horrific details from the UK-based Daily Mail.An elderly woman died alone after doctors failed to tell relatives they were ending...
  • Elderly man died after 'doctors proclaimed him DNR without consulting family' (death panel notice)

    10/16/2012 3:14:39 AM PDT · by markomalley · 29 replies
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | 10/16/12 | Hannah Furness and Jennifer O'Mahony
    A former Merchant Navy seaman died after doctors refused to resuscitate him because medics made him the subject of a Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) order without consulting him or his family. John Flockhart, 79, suffered a cardiac arrest and died in hospital despite his daughter begging medics to revive him, an inquest has heard. Doctors had previously ruled any attempt to revive him would be “futile”, despite the family claiming they had never been informed or consulted. Sharon Flockhart "begged" a nurse to try to resuscitate her father. She said: "It felt that I was pleading for my father's life,"...
  • Nigel Farage on European Union’s Nobel Peace Prize [Video]

    10/16/2012 1:28:17 AM PDT · by expat1000 · 4 replies ^ | October 16, 2012 | Nigel Farage
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  • Starbucks don’t pay a buck in tax in UK for 3 years

    10/15/2012 11:06:06 PM PDT · by granada · 55 replies
    The Sun, UK ^ | Monday 15 October 2012 | The Sun, UK
    STARBUCKS was yesterday slammed for “gaming” Britain — as it emerged the coffee king hasn’t paid a bean to the taxman in THREE years. Experts claimed that, since 1998, the American coffee firm has paid just £8.6 million in income tax here. Over the same period it has generated more than £3 billion of sales as customers flock to its cafes for cappuccinos and lattes. The chain — which prides itself on being “ethical” — has been able to cut income tax by paying fees to other parts of its global empire, such as royalty payments for use of the...
  • St Paul's Cathedral Occupy protest latest (interrupt service)

    10/15/2012 10:03:14 PM PDT · by hiho hiho · 7 replies
    Evening Standard ^ | October 14, 2012
    Protest group Occupy today took over St Paul's Cathedral to mark the first anniversary of its original camp. Four women from the movement went into the cathedral and chained themselves to the pulpit during a service. They then gave a sermon attacking cathedral authorities for "colluding with the City of London Corporation" which led to their eviction. The Very Reverend Dr David Ison, Dean of St Paul's, said he was taking an evening prayer service when "four young women dressed in white" chained themselves to the structure. City of London Police are at the cathedral but the women from the...
  • Cameron-Salmond Deal Clears Way For Independence Referendum

    10/15/2012 5:09:26 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 16/10/12 | Amiel Ungar
    British Prime Minister David Cameron and Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond met today in Edinburgh to sign the agreement under which the British government consents to allow Scotland's independence referendum to go ahead. A 3-1 trade paved the way for the agreement. Cameron and Salmond had to cut through four disagreements that were blocking a deal. The opponents of Scottish Independence wanted the referendum to be limited to one question: Would Scotland's remain part of Great Britain or go independent. Alex Salmond wanted a fallback option in case he lost the independence vote by posing a second question, popularly dubbed...
  • Malala Yousufzai, Pakistani Girl Nearly Killed by Taliban, Rushed to Queen Eliazbeth Hospital

    10/15/2012 2:22:36 PM PDT · by drewh · 18 replies
    ABC News ^ | Oct 15 2012 | NICK SCHIFRIN
    Malala Yousufzai, the 14-year-old Pakistani girl who was targeted and nearly killed by the Taliban for supporting education for girls, has been flown to a hospital in Birmingham, England for medical treatment. She arrived this afternoon. Her shooting launched an unprecedented outcry, cross-cutting through Pakistan's complex religious and political lines. Political leaders from all parties, even those with historical ties to the Taliban, have condemned the attack. Pakistan's normally reclusive army chief and the country's prime minister made personal visits to see her in the hospital. Girl Shot by Taliban Becomes Hero in Pakistan Watch Video 14-Year-Old Pakistani Rights Activist...
  • UK to turn back the clock on EU police cooperation

    10/15/2012 8:41:49 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 10/15/2012 @ 09:23 | Andrew Rettman
    British defense minister Philip Hammond has confirmed reports the UK will seek to end participation in dozens of EU-level crime-fighting structures. Several British newspapers on Sunday (14 October) predicted that home affairs minister Theresa May will in parliament on Monday say the government is "minded to" opt out of some 130 EU justice and home affairs programs. The list includes the European Arrest Warrant and the European criminal records information system, as well as future schemes to create an EU-level public prosecutor and a European investigation order, a protocol on EU countries' exchange of evidence in criminal cases. Under the...