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Vince and Neil Colbourne take a cynical and practical look at the news in UK and Spain

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    Hidden Tourism Costs in Spain

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2022

    Waking up before everyone else to reserve a sun lounger with a towel is often a contentious subject, with many arguing the early bird catches the worm. But in Spain, the early bird in this case will receive a £25 fine - and unruly tourists could face even more substantial penalties if they are not careful. Holidaymakers braving airport chaos in Britain to head to Spain this summer will need to pay attention if they don't want to fall foul of a range of newly imposed 'offences'. Even showering at the beach could put you at risk of needing an early flight home.If you are caught washing the sea water out of your hair using soap or shampoo at any Spanish beach shower you could be fined up to £620. This is because the chemicals in these products are harmful to marine life and has been made illegal. Though it may be tempting to try and sleep a long night of drinking off on the beach, you may be woken by someone handing you a fine for £1,300. Areas like Valencia sleeping or camping on the beach to be dangerous and have completely forbidden people from oing so. Lawmakers in Vigo, a city in the Galicia region, said anyone found relieving themselves 'in the sea or on the beach' will be forced to shell out £645. The city council has branded public urination a 'minor infraction' and 'an infringement of hygiene and sanitary regulations.' Beachgoers caught playing bat and ball or attempting to reserve a spot on the beach with a towel will also be fined under the by-laws that came into force on July 18th. Walking around the street with only swimwear on to soak up the sun could catch you a £250 fine in some parts of Spain.Men walking around with their shirts off, or women wearing only bikinis risk a huge fine, which reportedly already been dished out in Barcelona and Mallorca.

    What a Stupid Question!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 21, 2022

    Over nearly 50 years, Leslie Sinclair has given a formidable 125 pints of blood. But on his last trip he was turned away after refusing to answer a question on whether or not he was pregnant. All parents who take their children on holiday during term time will be handed a fixed penalty notice (FPN), the Government announced today. The new truancy crackdown will also see FPNs issued to parents whose children are late five times in one term, take five unauthoris days of an exclusion. Education Secrtary Nadim Zahawi vowed to end the 'postcode lottery' over how local councils deal with school absences. He said: 'I know from the Children's Commissioner's work on school attendance that children themselves hugely value being in school with their teachers and their friends.

    Dog Attacks, Union Chaos and Robots

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 16, 2022

    A mother and her seven-year-old daughter were rushed to hospital after being attacked by a dog while out shopping.Vicky Rafferty, 35, and her daughter Evie-Louise Mannion, seven, were at Gallagher Retail Park, Coventry, when the dog mauled them on June 6. EasyJet pilots have accused the 'chaotic' airline of cancelling viable flights over the half-term holidays after 'foolish' bosses thought they could operate despite making hundreds of staff redundant during the pandemic. Pilots from France working for the Luton-based company warned of the 'frightening prospect' of even worse disruption this summer as fears build that customers will stop using the airline after being put off by the chaos. Workers from the French SNPL pilot union also accused easyJet officials of failing to act on warnings that the firm could not cope with demand after Covid-19 restrictions were lifted amid 'operational meltdowns'. They also said there 'seems to be a curse on easyJet top management, bound to become penny wise and pound foolish'.

    Fabulous Queen, Rod Stewart and the Curry!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 7, 2022

    Her Majesty, 96, delighted audiences at the televised BBC's Platinum Party at the Palace after kicking off the festivities with an appearance alongside the fictional character - in which they both enjoyed a chaotic cream tea at 'Buckingham Palace'. Rod Stewart candidly revealed the BBC had made him sing football anthem Sweet Caroline seconds before he performed the tune at the Platinum Jubilee concert. Iran's ‘ghost armada' of sanction-busting ships has been accused of helping Russian oil firms to circumvent sanctions. Kremlin-linked companies are transporting oil in Tehran's fleet of black-market vessels to overcome US, UK and EU bans on Russian oil exports,

    Should Andrew be forgiven?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 6, 2022

    A smiling Prince Andrew has today been spotted horse riding, amid a furious row over whether he should receive 'forgiveness' for his part in the Jeffrey Epstein scandal. The Duke of York, 62, who has largely withdrawn from public life following his out-of-court settlement with his sex assault accuser Virginia Roberts earlier this year, today broke cover to ride around the grounds of Windsor. Britain's monkeypox cases are linked to gay bars, saunas and dating apps, health chiefs revealed as the UK's cases near 200. The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) today announced that contact tracing has linked cases with 'gay bars, saunas and the use of dating apps in the UK and abroad'. Nicola Sturgeon has been displaced by Labour's Anas Sarwar as Scotland's most popular politician, a new poll has revealed. The First Minister now has a net satisfaction rating below that of her Labour rival, according to an Ipsos survey. It was also found that support for Scottish independence is deadlocked, with 50 per cent in favour and 50 per cent opposed. The breakage of the “pirate” railway ball bearings could have caused trains to derail, so, following the investigation, two warehouses in Zaragoza have been inspected and one person has been arrested, as reported by Spanish National Police.One ton of “pirate” railway bearings supplied by a company from Zaragoza to Ferrocarriles de la Generalitat Valenciana through a public tender, have been seized by the Spanish National Police, in a joint operation with Customs Surveillance of the Tax Agency and in collaboration with the European Anti-Fraud Office.

    Too Much Monkey Business

    Play Episode Listen Later May 26, 2022

    After authorities in Madrid closed a gay sauna in the capital on Friday that had been identified as a possible place of the origin of monkeypox in Spain, more suspected cases have been recorded across the country, including the first infection of a woman. Spanish media have reported that there are now ‘at least 30' confirmed cases nationwide. Authorities on Saturday were investigating whether parties on the tourist island of Gran Canaria have been the source of several further infections, according to healthcare sector sources. Around 80,000 people from Spain and other countries attended the Maspalomas Gay Pride festival that took place there on 5-15 May.

    Health, Wealth and 32 Cheeseburgers

    Play Episode Listen Later May 24, 2022

    A Ryanair steward who allegedly knocked back booze during a flight was arrested and subsequently sacked. A 26-year-old steward on a Ryanair flight last Wednesday, May 18, is believed to have been breathalysed by the captain after allegedly knocking back booze during the flight. Sam Thompson failed the breath test and has subsequently been sacked by the budget airline. This is the moment two brazen scammers attempt to con an unsuspecting car owner into selling his BMW on the cheap by sneakily tinkering with its engine. Video shows the pair pouring engine oil into the coolant of Bikramjit Kooner's in order to make its engine smoke. A disgraced doctor who molested a student nurse on a hospital ward and then tried to blame the incident on 'cultural norms' has been passed fit to treat patients again. Married father-of-two Imran Qureshi, 44, grabbed the breast of the 21-year-old woman and told her he wanted an affair after he saw her as 'sexually available' because she had previous boyfriends.

    Malware on Your Phone

    Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2022

    @vincetracy and @terrywhitehead discussed #malware #telephones #mobiles #gas #helplines #mentalhealth and more...

    Prince William and the Boos

    Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2022

    Fury as Prince William is BOOED by thousands of fans at Wembley at the FA Cup Final between Liverpool and Chelsea - with supporters also jeering renditions of God Save the Queen and Abide With Me. Thousands of football fans booed Prince William ahead of the FA Cup final between Liverpool and Chelsea at Wembley this afternoon.

    Dangers of the Internet

    Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2022

    José Ángel S. S., known as the “Instagram pedophile,” has been found guilty by a Spanishcourt of sexually abusing minors, recording sexual encounters with them, distributing child pornography and cyber-bullying nearly 100 underage victims.

    Farewell to Denis Waterman

    Play Episode Listen Later May 10, 2022

    Legendary TV actor Dennis Waterman has died at the age of 74, his family has confirmed.Waterman was one of the most popular television actors of the 1970s in 80s, starring theThe Sweeney, Minder and Life and Loves of a She-Devil. In more recent years, he starredin BBC's New Tricks alongside veteran actors Amanda Redman, James Bolam and AlunArmstrong. In a statement, his family said he died today with his wife Pam at his side.

    Depths of Depravity

    Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2022

    A physiotherapist who works in the Valencian town of Torrent was arrested on May 3rd after being caught red-handed raping a two-year-old girl. The physiotherapist who worked in the local municipal centre was surprised by the girl's father after he heard her cries. According to the police, he broke down the door, only to find the paedophile red-handed.

    Bonkers

    Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2022

    Boys who self-identify as girls are being placed in female-only dorms at a summer campstarted by former prime minister David Cameron. The National Citizen Service (NCS) was launched in 2011 as part of Mr Cameron's 'Big Society' plans and has received more than £1.3billion in taxpayer funding - including £75million in public money last year. May Day celebrations took over the UK today, a traditional festival which takes place over four days every May, culminating with a procession through Hastings' Old Town on bank holiday Monday. Rae Layton, 43, was handed a shock eviction notice by her private landlord on April 22 and was told she has until mid-July to find somewhere else to live despite living in the property the last 15 years. Eton schoolboys have launched a protest over fears that the £42,000-a-year public school's woke leadership wants to scrap its 160-year-old hunting society. The prestigious institution, attended by the likes of David Cameron and PM Boris Johnson, failed to recruit a new Kennel Huntsman for the Eton College Hunt (ECH) to replace the previous incumbent who recently left for another role.Trustees of the ECH, made up of former Etonians and the Hunting Office, claimed there is a national shortage of Kennel Huntsmen and seven other hunts have also been unable to fill the position.

    Tensions Between Spain and Algeria

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 28, 2022

    The tensions between Spain ratcheted up a gear today April 27th  as Algeria threatens Spain that it will cut the country's gas supply if any is diverted to Morocco. That would see the recognition of its autonomy but under the control of Rabat. Algeria, who does not have diplomatic relations with Morocco, considers that the step taken by the central Executive favours its opponent in the region. The Rocafonda neighbourhood of Mataro, Maresme, Barcelona,;was the stage to a violent scene of social con

    Is King Coal Coming back to UK?

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 26, 2022

    Tyson Fury has come back to reality with a thud, going from the adrenaline rush of beating Dillian Whyte at a packed Wembley, to taking out the bins. A group of Just Stop Oil protesters are expected to be arrested today after breaching an injunction by standing in front of an oil terminal holding placards saying 'dangerous radicals' and 'if only they listened to petitions'. Britain could soon approve its first new coal mine in decades as it tries to reduce reliance on Russian imports. Levelling Up secretary Michael Gove is reportedly preparing to give the thumbs up to a new colliery in Cumbria despite opposition from climate campaigners. Fracking has transformed America from being a net energy importer, reliant on supplies from often unstable countries, to a net exporter. Natural gas produces fewer carbon emissions than oil and coal, so it's ‘greener' and less polluting than they are.Nevertheless, it's still a fossil fuel — and thus, according to environmental activists, should stay in the ground. Two graffiti artists who were killed by an oncoming train while tagging a Brooklyn subway station have been identified as famous French artists Pierre Audebert and Julien Blanc.

    European Eyes on France

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 21, 2022

    The head of the World Health Organisation has blasted the world's focus on the horrificinvasion of Ukraine, saying it shows the lack of 'equal attention to black and white lives'.Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus claimed other crises such as in his home country of Ethiopia do not receive the same concern as Putin's war which has had major geopolitical consequences. Marine Le Pen was confronted by two women in hijabs during a fiery visit to a food market in the south of France today. Arthur Scargill must be watching the success of the Just Stop Oil protests with a mixture of awe and bewilderment. Barmy Arthur, former leader of the National Union of Mineworkers, devoted most of his infamous career to bringing Britain to her knees, with limited success.

    Pandora's Papers

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 14, 2022

    Pandora Papers..........In February, a commentary from the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change urged policymakers to seek, among other measures, higher taxes on land and homes................ Princess Anne, 71, was accompanied by just one member of office staff, stayed in budget hotels, and even packed her own suitcase during her whirlwind trip to Australia and Papua New Guinea. Édouard Manet's 1882 work A Bar at the Folies-Bergère is one of the paintings that received a new label at the Courtauld, because it depicts a barmaid standing opposite a male customer and the woman's expression is 'unsettling'. Spain's civil guard is investigating a private taxidermy collection with more than 1,000 stuffed animals - including 405 from protected species and at least one extinct specimen - was discovered at a warehouse in Valencia.

    UK News You Might Have Missed

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 12, 2022

    Eclair Surf has died after sustaining a traumatic head injury in Saturday's Grand National, becoming the fourth horse to pass away at this year's Festival. A woman who is struggling in her new job at a care home has sparked a discussion on what it's like to quit a job you've barely even started. One in five workers say they would struggle to cope financially if they were summoned for mandatory jury service, with a two-week trial potentially leaving the average juror £260 out of pocket. A Daily Mail investigation has found that some homes have been rejected as 'unsafe' because of stairs designed without a bannister and a one-inch step deemed a 'trip hazard'. Local authorities checking the homes of those wanting to host refugees have been accused of 'being like something out of Monty Python'. It is perhaps the most brazen monument to criminality in Scotland. Offenders from far and wide arrive at it like reprobate pilgrims to some grotesque shrine and leave their offerings there before disappearing into the night. A mother-of-two has described how she feared for her life when her family home was swarmed by armed police officers to take away her beloved Yorkshire terrier.

    Morocco, N Africa Spain and new Conservative leader

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 7, 2022

    Morocco has always chosen to put pressure on Spain. The Sahara was Spanish before Morocco existed. Ceuta, Melilla and the Canary Islands are not and have not been colonies but Spain and never Morocco. USA, UK, France have never openly supported Spain and Morocco.

    Sunflower Oil Crisis

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 5, 2022

    Passenger demand has soared in recent weeks after all Covid restrictions - including testing and self-isolation requirements - were lifted in England. Budget airline EasyJet has cancelled more than 220 flights, blaming the disruption on high levels of staff sickness due to Covid. A British Gas lawyer has won a sex discrimination case after she was made redundant when her female bosses decided she had been 'less focused' since going part time after having triplets. Intellectual property specialist Gemma Long was let go from the energy supplier after her managers - who were also lawyers - put pressure on her to work on her days off. A head midwife was sacked after she referred to overweight women as 'bloaters' and 'whales on a bed', an employment tribunal heard. 'Bully' Jennifer Stillman created an 'awful atmosphere' on the ward at Basildon Trust University Hospital as she also made derogatory comments about her fellow staff, the panel heard. A protester from Just Stop Oil glued themselves to a radio microphone while live on air this morning. Climate activist Nathan McGovern, was speaking to Tom Swarbrick in LBC's Westminster studio when he glued his hand to the microphone at around 11.40am. Industrial action by Spanish lorry drivers has disrupted the supply of salad vegetables and soft fruits including tomatoes, peppers and lettuce into Britain. It comes as the the UK's biggest cooking oil bottler has also warned it has just a few weeks' supply of sunflower oil left as the Russian invasion of Ukraine is disrupting exports

    The Spectre of High Inflation in Spain

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 31, 2022

    Inflation in Spain is estimated to have surged to a 37-year high in March, rising to almost 10% over the past year as consumer prices have soared worldwide. The fear of a shortage of products due to the strike of transporters causes customers to stock up on basic products. It has finally been announced that one of the world's largest car manufacturers has decided to open a battery factory in Valencia. In the Valencian town of Sagunto, a massive Volkswagen plant will be built to produce electric batteries.

    Leave Kate and William Alone!

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 29, 2022

    Whoopi Goldberg has joined the chorus of people calling on the royal family to apologize for their colonial past, insisting that the crown cannot 'ignore the fact that Britain ran roughshod over India for years' - just one month after she was suspended from her ABC talk show The View for saying that the 'Holocaust wasn't racist'.

    Truck Drivers Strike and Energy Costs in Spain

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 23, 2022

    An indefinite strike by some Spanish truck drivers over rising fuel prices has triggered supply chain problems across the country, leaving several sectors struggling to cope, business associations have said. Spain's Guardia Civil have been called out to guarantee the transportation of essential services in some areas [see video in Tweet below]. The strike that was called by a minor truck driver union started on Monday, with protestors demanding action over the soaring cost of diesel which they said was leaving them in a ‘catastrophic' situation.....................On Wednesday evening, the government said it was going to take steps to reduce the price of energy and fuel, but did not spell out how. Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez is currently on a European tour to lobby for a common EU response to soaring energy prices.

    Gucci Men Flamboyant and Feminine

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 22, 2022

    Gucci's creative director has claimed men are turning to 'flamboyant and feminine' outfits to express their 'freedom' and crush gender stereotypes. Alessandro Michele, 49, has been credited for bringing gender fluid fashion to the catwalk since he started spearheading Gucci's revamp in 2015. A pair of £960 trainers designed by luxury fashion brand Louis Vuitton has been compared to a £12.99 pair from budget supermarket Lidl with fashion fans saying the shoes look very similar. According to the luxury brand, the LV Trainer sneaker, which it describes as an 'icon of the Louis Vuitton shoe collection', is made in Italy, and hand stitched, with every pair taking seven hours to make.

    The World's Bravest?

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 16, 2022

    A Russian journalist who defied Vladimir Putin's crackdown on free speech to denounce his war on Ukraine on live TV has said she fears for her safety but does not plant to leave the country. Marina Ovsyannikova, 43, dubbed the 'bravest women on television', said she is 'extremely concerned' after being handed a £210 fine by a Russian court - a mere fraction of the retaliation expected, raising fears that more punishment awaits her.

    UK Health Topics

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 15, 2022

    FIRE crews dealt with a record 1,640 requests for help from obese Brits trapped in their homes last year. The number has tripled from 587 five years ago and equates to over 30 calls a week.he total was more than the 943 occasions emergency teams were called out in 2020/21 to save stranded pets. A dishonest doctor from East Yorkshire who mistakenly injected a patient with local anaesthetic and steroids in the wrong hip and then tried to cover it up with lies has been struck off. A tribunal found the Hull doctor's actions showed a 'serious departure from good medical practice and throughout his evidence giving he continued to show elements of dishonesty.

    Drinks Under Scrutiny

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 8, 2022

    A huge fire has broken out in a block of flats and offices near London's Algate East underground station - sending 'glass panels crashing hundreds of meters to the ground'. Around 125 firefighters in 20 vehicles are currently at the scene of the inferno on the 17th floor of a high rise building on Whitechapel High Street in Aldgate, east London. Calls are growing for people to boycott Coca-Cola as they have yet to pull operations out of Russia despite Putin's invasion of Ukraine entering its twelfth day. Trends on Twitter including #BoycottCocaCola surfaced over the weekend as it emerged the company, which has 10 bottling plants in Russia, is not making any changes to operations following the outbreak of war in Ukraine.

    Spain's Valencia with Churches, Nuclear Energy, Route 99 and The Botellon

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 24, 2022

    The Catholic Church in Spain will have to prove ownership of over 1000 properties, whichare currently being contested by local authorities. (29.01) Spain's government handed over a list of almost 1,000 properties claimed by the Catholic Church in Spain on contested legal grounds to a federation of local authorities on Thursday, taking a first step towards resolving long-running feuds over ownership. The Federal Government Backtracks On Decommissioning Cofrentes Nuclear Plant Miodrag Pepic. Despite objections from environmentalists and the Valencian government, the Generalitat, Cofrentes nuclear plant will remain in operation for an additional seven years… Route 99 Valencia's Answer To The Camino De Santiago. Valencia is promoting Route 99, a brand new tourist initiative that includes 24 Valencian Community towns with fewer than 100 inhabitants, dubbed “a kind of Camino de Santiago a la Valenciana.” Residents of Benimaclet barrio were the first in Valencia to openly protest against “botellones” that take place almost every night in this neighbourhood. Residents from Valencia's Benimaclet neighbourhood gathered on Saturday morning to protest against botellones (street drinking and partying), demanding that the people who live in the area be respected. They have declared the current situation unsustainable and have requested assistance from the City and the police.

    UK Education Under Scrutiny

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 22, 2022

    Headteachers at schools in Brighton have sparked anger from parents by cancelling the words 'mum' and 'dad' and replacing them with 'grown ups' - to avoid discriminating against 'non-traditional' families. .Anti-racism campaigners have criticised new Government guidance on political impartiality in the classroom as 'disturbing', while teachers' leaders have said it will stop pupils from engaging with challenging issues in the classroom. The Government released guidance on Thursday aimed at helping teachers avoid 'promoting contested theories as fact' in England.It suggests that the teaching of historical figures should focus on 'factual information' about them, and that teaching of the British empire should be presented in 'a balanced manner'.

    Spanish Banks Profit Up Customer Sevice Down

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 16, 2022

    A retired Spanish doctor who has been campaigning to maintain face-to-face customer services at banks, presented a petition in Madrid on Tuesday with more than 600,000 signatures to the secretary of state for the treasury, Carlos Cuerpo, at the Economy Ministry. He also presented his petition to the Bank of Spain. Carlos San Juan, aged 78 and from the Valencia Region, used the slogan of ‘SoyMayorNOidiota' (‘I'm old, not an idiot') for his campaign against the Spanish banks' growing use of digital services.

    Unilateral School Meals Veto on Meat

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 16, 2022

    PARENTS have blasted a school's decision to go permanently "meat free". Students at Barrowford Primary School near Nelson, Lancashire, are only offered vegetarian dinners - and kids are also urged not to bring meat in their packed lunches. The new rule was brought in last year, but a letter informing parents of the change was only sent out on Thursday.

    World's First Octopus Farm

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 10, 2022

    Spain will be a pioneer in the creation of the world's first octopus farm. It is expected that in the summer of 2022 it will come true with the goal of being commercialized and sold as food in 2023, although many experts have already shown their outrage that they consider that these creatures are capable of feeling pain and emotions.

    Queen Camilla

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 10, 2022

    The Queen has used her Platinum Jubilee message to the nation to back the Duchess of Cornwall in a significant move to shape the future of the monarchy on her historic milestone. In a statement that ends years of uncertainty, Elizabeth II has expressed her 'sincere wish' that Camilla be given the title when Charles ascends to the throne, telling the public 'I know you will give them the same support you have given me'.

    Confrusing Employment Data in Spain

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 3, 2022

    According to data from the European Active Population Survey, published this Tuesday, February 1, by Eurostat, Spain finished 2021 with the highest unemployment figure in the entire European Union. An unemployment level of 13 per cent was recorded in December, a figure that is only close to Greece at 12.7 per cent, and which, moreover, is double the European average of 6.4 per cent.December was the seventh consecutive month in which Spain leads with this statistic in Europe. ‘The data once again reflects the progress of Spain's recovery,' Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez tweeted. El paro baja y ya encadena 10 meses consecutivos de descensos, algo que no había sucedido en toda la serie histórica. Los datos vuelven a reflejar el avance de la recuperación en España. No nos detenemos. Trabajamos para combatir la precariedad y seguir creando empleo de calidad.

    Mis-Management Everywhere

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 1, 2022

    Cyclists are already asserting their new powers as they take to the middle of the road legally for the first time today after a major revamp of the Highway Code. Under the new rules, cyclistsare now advised to ride in the centre of lanes on quieter roads, in slower-moving traffic, and when approaching junctions, to make themselves as visible as possible. A teacher who was banned from working in schools after it was discovered he had been posting images of students onto a Russian website used by paedophiles has landed a job as a lecturer at Lancaster University. Emma Raducanu has said she no longer feels safe in her own home after a stalker visited it three times and stole her father's shoe as a 'souvenir', a court heard yesterday. Dr Konstancja Duff, then 24, had intervened in a police stop and search in East London in May 2013 by trying to hand the detainee a card showing him his rights and declining to give her own name. Cliff Richard…........the worst time was the middle of the night, when he would jolt awake in the darkness, heart pounding, pulse racing. Mel Gibson says he believes the Catholic Church should undergo a 'housecleaning' following years of scandals that have destroyed its reputation. Crowdfunders are paying for puberty-blockers taken by children, as well as for operations by private surgeons who remove teenagers' breasts or construct them, remodel their genitalia to simulate a penis or vagina, and remove internal female or male anatomy — including the womb— to match their preferred sex. Sitting down with the minister and industry representatives, including Paul Bate, chief executive of the UK Space Agency, Prince Charles told them: ‘It just occurred while we're making rather a mess of this planet, that it might be useful to have an environmental management agreement for space.'

    Difficult to find any Good News

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 27, 2022

    The Ukraine crisis has entered Spanish domestic politics, showcasing division within the coalition government over Spain's participation in a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)-led effort to deter Russia from escalating the conflict further. Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez of the Socialist Party (PSOE) has run into open objections from his governing partners in the leftist Unidas Podemos, and is instead finding support in the main opposition Popular Party (PP). A major initiative to promote renewable hydrogen projects across all sectors of the economy in Spain has been launched, led by global energy company Repsol. The Spanish Hydrogen Network project, known as ‘SHYNE', brings together 22 companies and 11 associations, technology centres and universities, with the goal of promoting renewable hydrogen projects throughout Spain to speed up the expansion of this renewable energy source as part of the government's target of decarbonisation. A new Banksy exhibition entitled ‘Banksy: the Art of Protest' is on at Barcelona's Museu del Disseny and displays over 70 works from the elusive artist. Long renowned as one of the most important artists of the 21st century, the Banksy exhibition also includes a range of multimedia exhibits from private collections. During the first 16 days of November, around 20 or so coordinated Twitter accounts described Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez as “handsome” 100 times and “gorgeous” another 39 times. Second delight of the week is the decision by culture secretary Nadine Dorries to freeze the BBC licence fee for the next two years. This almost unbelievably biasedoperation simply must be curbed. The Duke of York last night set himself on a 'collision course with the Palace' who will be 'horrified' by his insistence on facing Virginia Roberts in a US court to deny claims they had sex three times when she was 17. She says this amounts to rape, sexual assault and battery. His lawyers said last night that the royal 'hereby demands a trial by jury on all causes of action asserted in the complaint' because he denies 'any and all wrongdoing'. The Catalan parliament has passed a resolution to rehabiliate the memory of more than 700 women who were tortured and executed as witches over three hundred years ago..

    Books, Exams, Uniforms, Drinking and Bikes

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 25, 2022

    The president of the Association of School and College Leaders, Pepe Di'lasio, told The Times: 'This is a nationwide issue.' Research published last year found that one in five 11- year-olds at secondary school weren't able to read to the expected standard. The UK is 14th in international league tables for reading, according to Pisa tests which evaluates the reading of 15-year-olds in 70 countries. ........................................

    French Woes for Boris

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 20, 2022

    Emmanuel Macron has blamed Britain for migrant deaths in the English Channel and called on Brussels to be 'tough' on fishing licences as the bitter row with London continued at the European Parliament today. As France took over the presidency of the EU, Macron took the opportunity to accuse Boris Johnson of putting lives at danger because of his migration policy, with record numbers making the perilous journey across the Channel in dinghies.

    Keeping your eye on the Ball

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 18, 2022

    The Communist spy at the heart of an MI5 Whitehall security alert boasted about her plans to install Chinese MPs in the Commons as far back as 2007, it emerged yesterday. Barbara Stange-Alvarez destroyed wine, spirits and beer when she went on the rampage in Aldi, St Albans Magistrates' Court was told. The 36-year-old from Stevenage, Hertfordshire, walked along the aisle at the local store and used her arm to sweep hundreds of bottles off the shelves, a judge heard. Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries today signalled the BBC licence fee will be scrapped after 2027 as part of the Prime Minister's policy blitz dubbed Operation Red Meat that aims to deflect from the recent Partygate row. Sir Keir Starmer was last night under mounting pressure to apologise after being pictured drinking with colleagues during lockdown. The Labour leader has tried to ride out the controversy but was forced on to the defensive yesterday as Tory MPs accused him of hypocrisy.In an uncomfortable TV interview, Sir Keir said there was 'no comparison' between his drinking and the Prime Minister's attendance at an event in the Downing Street garden. Anne Frank may have been betrayed by a Jewish notary who became an informant for Nazi occupiers in order to save his own family's lives. A fitness centre receptionist who took two ecstasy pills at a music festival collapsed with organ failure and died in hospital, an inquest heard. Senior police officers who oversaw a 'boys club' have been sacked amid claims of cronyism, bullying and racking up thousands in bogus expenses claims. Chief Superintendent Paul Martin was found to have failed to declare a conflict of interest when he interviewed his friend Chief Inspector Davinder Kandohla for promotion to Superintenden

    Who's Making Headlines?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 13, 2022

    join @tedrrywhitehead discussing #tennis #politics #health #spain #uk

    Media Priorities Wrong

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 11, 2022

    Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov has said this week's talks between Russia and the West over escalating tensions in Ukraine could end today if the US and NATO are not willing to show 'flexibility'. Among Mary Onuoha's most prized possessions is the small gold cross she has worn around her neck every day of her life since childhood, a symbol of this 61-year-old nurse's devout faith. 'Every time I look at it, I think of Jesus, His love, how much He loved me, and the need for me to love Him back,' she says. They're opinionated and outspoken, but the feisty cast of Loose Women could usually rely on sisterly unity to temper any tantrums - until now........ that drama behind the scenes is blighting ITV's hit daytime show after a succession of stars had a bust-up with long-serving panellist Coleen Nolan. Boris Johnson faced fresh sleaze claims last week after it emerged he had helped advance a pet project of the Tory donor who paid for the Downing Street flat revamp. Universities have no excuse for cancelling face-to-face teaching and students should complain to the watchdog if they feel short-changed, the Education Secretary has said. The Archbishop of Canterbury has urged people to get vaccinated 'to look after their neighbours'. In a BBC Radio 4 interview, Rev Justin Welby said that while he is not in favour of compulsory jabs, he believes in encouraging rather than condemning those who have not yet had the vaccine. Midwife Kathryn, 28, and her husband Will, 29, an intensive care doctor, from Bristol, wowed audiences of ITV's Limitless Win on Saturday night , after bagging the £500,000 jackpot. Appearing on ITV's Lorraine today, the couple revealed £50,000 of their winnings will be donated straight to charity, adding that they already give away a chunk of their yearly earnings Glasgow residents are being offered free earplugs and blackout blinds due to disturbance caused by the filming of HBO Max's upcoming Batgirl film, which saw crew members erect graffiti-covered boards featuring Batman, teacups and crabs onto walls on Monday.

    Will ex-King Juan Carlos return to Spain?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 6, 2022

    Former King of Spain Juan Carlos wants to return home and does not care about possibly damaging the Royal Family's reputation by doing so, an expert has claimed. Juan Carlos, 83, who abdicated in 2014 in favour of his son Felipe VI, 53, has been living in Abu Dhabi since summer 2020 after becoming the target of several probes in Spain over his financial dealings. However, the elderly royal is reportedly hoping to see out his final years home, despite a majority of the Spanish public opposing his return. Speaking to The Times, Pablo Simon, a professor of political science at Carlos III University in Madrid, explained Juan Carlos 'does not care' whether his actions damage his son and his family.

    NHS Comedy Initiative

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 4, 2022

    GPs are being encouraged to send them on a six-week course, where they will learn to write jokes and perform stand-up routines. A pilot scheme is being launched in Bristol this month, designed to help people suffering from anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress 'see the funny side' of their predicament. The courses are being run by comics including Angie Belcher, who is described as Comedian-in-Residence at Bristol University. She sounds a laugh a minute. (Somehow I didn't expect the NHS would be hiring Chubby Brown or Jim Davidson to teach 'vulnerable' individuals how to tell jokes.)

    Merry Christmsd from Spain

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 23, 2021

    King George III called slavery 'repugnant' in an essay he wrote five decades before he signed Abolition, it has been revealed. The monarch's arguments against trading in human life come in a 200-page manuscript called 'Of Laws relative to Government in general', written while he was under the intellectual mentorship of John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute.

    Drones, Brits, Malta and Whale Ecrement

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 16, 2021

    Malta has become the first European Union country to legalise cannabis at home and for personal use. MPs approved a legal reform on Tuesday, allowing citizens to grow and possess limited amounts of marijuana. Under the new law, citizens aged 18 and over will be allowed to possess up to seven grams of cannabis, and cultivate up to four cannabis plants at home. Grey amber or whale poo is worth more than its weight in gold, the 1.7 kilogram chunk being worth an estimated €80,000....... Spanish law prohibits the marketing of grey amber, who have sent it to a laboratory for authentication. ..... Secreted by sperm whales when they suffer digestive problems, grey amber is highly prized as a perfume fixative. UK and Spanish Foreign Ministers expected to discuss shared priorities, such as combatting malign actors and getting more girls into education. Foreign Secretary to boost economic ties as she hosts an event with leading Spanish investors and British businesses A controversial Spanish bishop has been formally stripped of his church powers after abandoning his clerical carer to marry a novelist known for her transgressive erotic novels, some of which contains references to Satanism. Xavier Novell i Gomà was Spain's youngest ever bishop when he was appointed to the Catalan municipality of Solsona in 2010, aged just 41.

    Spain and aspects of the Economy

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 8, 2021

    December Riot police used water cannons and tear gas on demonstrators to disperse masked protesters who had set fire to plastic bins and rubbish in the street to block the road. Police used water cannons to disperse protesters as thousands of people marched through the streets towards the headquarters of the European Union, shouting 'Freedom! Freedom!' The Pope said while on board the papal plane on return to the Vatican: 'It is something that throughout history has not worked. 'In history, many dictatorships have tried to do these things. I'm thinking of Napoleon, the Nazi dictatorship, the Communist one.' He added that the EU is 'necessary' but it needs to avoid stirring up divisions among its member states. According to the most recent National Statistics Institute data, inflation in Spain is on its way to new highs not seen in the previous three decades. On the back of rising food and gas prices, Inflation in Spain accelerated in November to its highest level in nearly three decades. - In Spain's Euroweekly News..............

    Football's New Role

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 7, 2021

    Birmingham City Football Club offers its respects to little Arthur Labinjo-Hughes..... Supporters at the home match with Cardiff will be invited to pay tribute to Arthur after six minutes — his age, in years, when he died at the hands of his stepmother Families have told of their 'disgust' after trespassers urinated and vomited on the memorial garden for the victims killed in the Manchester Arena terror attack before its official opening. Premier Sanna Marin, 36, was seen enjoying a night out at the Butchers nightclub with friends on Saturday - so much so that she did not leave until 4am. Finland has seen some of the lowest rates of Covid-19 in Europe, with just 1,277 cases recorded on Saturday compared to a staggering 56,739 infections in Germany. Unearthed documents revealed the BBC's pension fund has undisclosed interests in six Chinese firms. One of these is the China Overseas Land and Investment, a subsidiary of state-owned China State Construction Engineering Corporation, which has already been blacklisted by the United States government, according to a report by the Mail on Sunday. Actors playing characters from some of William Shakespeare's most popular plays should be taught about sexual ethics, an academic has warned. David Beckham is under yet more pressure over his multi-million pound deal to promote the 2022 World Cup after homosexuality was described as being ‘against human nature' on a Qatari TV channel run by a close friend.

    Shopping in Spain Zara

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 2, 2021

    The fashion world is now seeing its very own Succession moment play out in real life. mirroring the series, which sees a father grooming his children to take control of his empire, Spain's richest man and Zara founder Amancio Ortega has announced his youngest daughter Marta Ortega Perez, 37, will take over as chair of the retailer's parent company Inditex, bypassing her two older siblings. Dogs that are only fed once per day may be less likely to go to develop age-related conditions like gastrointestinal, orthopaedic and liver disorders, a study has found. University of Arizona-led experts analysed data on more than 24,000 pet dogs for links between feeding rates and cognitive function and health outcomes. A school has urged parents not to let children watch Squid Game after young pupils were found viewing 'gory, explicit' scenes on TikTok and mobile game apps. The Netflix TV series sees debt-ridden contestants tackle survival tasks for a mammoth cash prize.

    Omicrom Variant Centre Stage

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2021

    Neil Colbourne joins @vincetracy discussing the UK news including the #Omicron Variant #Barbados now a republic #China #Teenage Gun Killing #ClimateChange #Gender Paygap and #MaleChauvinism

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