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RECENT shock figures reveal that fewer than five per cent of UK street robberies and burglaries are solved, and the proportion of suspects caught and punished for all crimes has more than halved over the past five years to just nine per cent. The Metropolitan police admit it solved fewer…
TEACHERS must stop trying to wrap children in cotton wool with OTT health and safety policies according to the chief inspector of schools. Making pupils wear high-vis vests on trips makes them look like Bob the Builder minus the hard hat, and enforcing bans on conkers and yo-yos by schools…
A trend unforeseen even by hard-bitten crime fiction detectives, crime novels have beaten general fiction for the first time since book charts were compiled. Anxious about volatility in the real world, readers now seek reassurance in stories where baddies get their just deserts. Thriller writer David Baldacci said readers turned…
LORD RICHARDS of Herstmonceux, former top brass in the British Army, gave an example of how news can be twisted into, err, fake news. Before the US election last year, he was quoted as saying that Donald Trump was not necessarily as awful as people say. This duly appeared in…
WITH the wedding season in full swing, a survey by Brides Magazine has revealed that, despite these tough economic times, brides are still dead set on having the wedding of their dreams - with the average wedding costing £30,000+ and many brides expecting to exceed their initial budget. Hardly surprising,…
Heard about the hoax call that duped Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson into talking to a man he thought was the Armenian prime minister for 18 minutes? During the phone conversation Boris was asked about the Salisbury poisoning and how to deal with President Putin. He’s just the latest victim of…
THE Bank of England’s chief economist says it’s possible to detect the mood of a country from the music it’s listening to on Spotify. What should we be listening to at the moment, then? Billie Holiday singing Gloomy Sunday, aka the Hungarian Suicide song? The ongoing Irish border problem, that…
Heard about the sexism complaint recently filed at an academic conference in San Francisco? The one by Simona Sharoni, an American professor of women’s and gender studies, against Richard Ned Lebow, a British professor of international political theory who, when asked which floor he wanted in a lift, replied: ‘ladies’…
THERE’S just no pleasing some people. The UK’s got World Heritage Sites, a vibrant and cultured capital city and great landscapes. But not all visitors are impressed. As some recent less-than-glowing TripAdvisor reviews reveal. Take Stonehenge for instance. An acknowledged wonder of the ancient world and Unesco heritage site? Not…
DURING his recent visit to Australia, French President Emmanuel Macron was ridiculed on social media for calling PM Malcolm Turnbull’s wife Lucy ‘delicious.’ Some think Mr Macron’s words simply got lost in translation. The French for delicious - délicieux - also translates as ‘delightful,’ even if it’s slightly sexist. But…
AN over-praised and narcissistic generation of university students is persistently trying to negotiate better grades - or ‘grade grubbing’ as it’s called - academics recently reported. When university education was free, most students were grateful for what they got and wouldn’t have considered complaining. But now students have to pay…
THE EU’s made it patently clear that it’s not interested in a mutually beneficial relationship with the UK. Repeated reassurances by British ministers that they intend to be the EU’s closest friend have been rebuffed. Brexit negotiations had seemed to be progressing well enough. Officials had apparently finally come to…
RESTAURANT chains on the UK High Street have recently been facing a combination of a squeeze on incomes, rising costs and falling demand. Prezzo, Byron and Jamie’s Italian have all shut restaurants. It’s just market correction. Anyone can see there’s massive oversupply, and most of those in trouble don’t offer…
COUPLE of rants this week. First off, news that nearly two thirds of supposed, unaccompanied child refugees challenged about their real age after coming to Britain were found to be adults. In the year to June 2017, according to an official report, 65 per cent of asylum seekers assessed claiming…
RARELY has news that a public official, the ideologically-driven Director of Public Prosecutions for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), Alison Saunders, is leaving their post been greeted with such glee. One of her worst moments was when her decision not to charge the Labour peer Lord Janner with alleged child…
NO-SHOWS, the curse of many UK restaurants, are now so commonplace that some name and shame them online like local papers once did to paedophiles. Over one single weekend a Peterborough restaurant lost £3,000, while over a month an Edinburgh chef had 450 no-shows and cancellations. Apparently, people book several…
NEWS that the Metropolitan Police responded to calls relating to the recent KFC closures - ‘Please do not contact us about the #KFCCrisis, it is not a police matter if your favourite eatery is not serving the menu that you desire’ -makes you wonder, whatever next? Last year, Police Scotland’s…
ACCORDING to a recent survey, 11 per cent of young adults believe Margaret Thatcher was prime minister during the First World War. If you think that’s bad enough, a 2015 survey suggests that 20 per cent of youngsters believe fish fingers are fingers from actual fish. Problem is, people are…
THE announcement that British Airways seats are to shrink in order to squeeze more passengers into economy rows on some aircraft is just the latest in a series of changes at the beleaguered airline, struggling to compete with budget rivals. In January 2017, BA stopped free food on short haul…
THE Mobile World Congress was held recently in Barcelona where Cataluña’s political and constitutional crisis has not gone unnoticed by the Congress’s organisers GSMA. They have agreed to hold the annual conference in Barcelona until 2023, a spokeswoman said: “But we will continue to monitor events in Spain and Cataluña…

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