News Round Up

by Patrick O'Connor

THE London Olympics have been universally acclaimed as an enormous success but Britain is renowned for being a country where the alternative view is always likely to be aired.

Morrissey, who fronted one of the country's leading bands The Smiths, certainly put the cat amongst the pigeons with his comments about the sporting jamboree, the public support for it and the Royal Family.

In a statement on the True To You fan site he said: “I am unable to watch the Olympics due to the blustering jingoism that drenches the event. Has England ever been quite so foul with patriotism? 

“The 'dazzling royals' have, quite naturally, hi-jacked the Olympics for their own empirical needs, and no oppositional voice is allowed in the free press. 

“It is lethal to witness. As London is suddenly promoted as a super-wealth brand, the England outside London shivers beneath cutbacks, tight circumstances and economic disasters.”

The 53 year old singer added: “Meanwhile the British media present 24-hour coverage of the 'dazzling royals', laughing as they lavishly spend, as if such coverage is certain to make British society feel fully whole. In 2012, the British public is evidently assumed to be undersized pigmies, scarcely able to formulate thought.

“As I recently drove through Greece I noticed repeated graffiti seemingly everywhere on every available wall. In large blue letters it said WAKE UP WAKE UP.

“It could almost have been written with the British public in mind, because although the spirit of 1939 Germany now pervades throughout media-brand Britain, the 2013 grotesque inevitability of Lord and Lady Beckham (with Sir Jamie Horrible close at heel) is, believe me, a fate worse than life. WAKE UP WAKE UP.'”

Hmmm...

Mind you, an extra stream of revenue has come from nearly 2,500 fines imposed on motorists who have driven in the VIP lanes set aside for Olympic officials and athletes.

According to a report in the Daily Mail, this could bring in up to £312,000.

Travelling on the Tube in London can be a right pain but imagine the shock felt by one commuter when he came face to face with a fox!

Twenty seven year old Stephen Evert told The Sun that he was boarding a Circle Line service at Edgware Road at 10.30pm when the animal got off on to the platform.

“I don’t know who was more surprised, me or the fox. It looked young and was probably a cub. I quickly snapped it with my phone and posted it online. The carriage was virtually empty so it had it all to itself,” he said.

“The train came from east London so maybe it went to the Olympics!” added Stephen.

We are used to all sorts of weather conditions in the UK but perhaps not raining seaweed!

The Mirror reported that cars and gardens were covered with the slime in Berkeley, Gloucestershire after it was swept into the sky from a beach 20 miles away in Clevedon in Somerset by a mini tornado

Met Office weatherman Ian Fergusson said: “If a funnel cloud touched down on to the beach – making it a tornado – it could have quite possibly picked up seaweed and other debris. It is a very strange event but it is possible.”

You're never too old...

A story in the Daily Telegraph revealed that 20 motorists aged 80 and above took their driving test for the first time.

The oldest driver, who was 93, failed, but a 91-year old passed. Three 80 year old motorists and one aged 81 were successful, the others were not.

Don't mess with 60 year old Alf Thompson!

Alf used the skills acquired as a Civil War re-enactment enthusiast to take on a robber who had threatened to slash a shop assistant's throat in Salford.

Alf, second in command of The Earl of Northampton’s Regiment of Foote in the Sealed Knot, which meets regularly at weekends to re-enact Civil War battles in 17th-century costume, grabbed the robber’s hand and dragged him over the shop counter.

He wrenched the knife from the man’s hand and then pinned him to the counter while the shopkeeper dialled 999.

He told the Daily Mail: “If it wasn’t for the re-enactment group I couldn’t have done it. It is never real when we learn how to deal with knives and swords but the movements are for real.”

He has now been awarded a Police Public Bravery Award.

How much????

When Anne Roberts, from Ashburton, Devon, popped into a phone shop to buy a cheap mobile from Orange, little did she realise what was in store.

Anne bought the handset and a £20 top-up card whilst on holiday in South Wales because her usual phone could not find a signal.

Within a week she had £27,000 debited from her bank account!

Anne told The Sun:“I had a text from the bank saying I had to pay funds in. I put my card in the machine and found I was £27,210.72 in the red.”

Orange has apologised and paid back all the cash. A spokesman said: “We have identified a technical issue that resulted in multiple card payments being taken.”