Delhi Monkeys

Okay, I confess.

Humour has gotten the better of me on this one.

I quote: -

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Thousands of monkeys roam the capital, mostly around government offices, and are considered a public nuisance.

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We’ve got similar problems at the British House of Commons – especially around lunch time ;)

Rest of the article is here.

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Madonna adopts African child

From the BBC: -

Pop star Madonna has adopted a one-year-old boy in Malawi, according to reports. 

The boy’s father, Yohane Banda, told the Associated Press: “I know he will be very happy in America.”

Speculation the singer was planning to adopt began when she flew into Malawi and visited several orphanages.

Am I loosing it completely?
This child appears to have a family (already) – at the very least, a father.
Granted (sadly) the child has lost his mother and comes from a very poor village but… *shrug & sigh*, I just don’t get it.

I look forward to the explanation. *baffled*

Of course, I would grin if it was announced that the reports of adoption were inaccurate… any publicity is good publicity…?

Oh Lourdes Lord, I’m becoming so cynical!

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Schizophrenia term use ‘invalid’

This - at first – strikes one as a relatively well balanced article.
Unless you know anything about medicine.

Most of those quoted in this article are psychologists - not psychiatrists.

Oh, and to help some of you along, click here for the generalised definition of schizophrenia.

Example – good lord, I’ve lost count – of an unbalanced (biased?..)  report.

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Nuclear Nightmare comes true.

Nuclear Nightmare comes True

So says TIME magazine.

The BBC however, seem more fascinated about the cartoons ridiculing the Prophet Muhammed and therefore only report on North Koreans test as

North Korea claim Nuclear Test.

I love the slant news gets from around the World.
Even within the Western World the agenda by  media headlines is  embarrassingly obvious.

Now, this next bit is where my ignorance needs helping out… It’s been believed for yonks that North Korea has had nuclear strength.
Why is this one test causing such an uproar?
Is it simply because it’s proof?

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Star Trek sale stuns Auctioneers

What a fabulous headline!

I have a passing appreciation of Star Trek but am certainly not a huge fan yet this attention grabbing headline certainly pulled me in.

I’ll bet you something however – the reporter who had to write the article is no Star Trek fan ;)

The full article is here.

I bet Christies is relieved the article isn’t entitled,

“Christies underestimate Star Trek” – because they did.

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Scotland 1 – 0 France.

Oh, this did make me laugh!

Well done Scotland and dear Colin Moffat, hurrah for your enthusiasm :)

From BBC Sport: -

Scotland sit proudly at the top of Euro 2008 qualifying Group B after a fabulous win over France at Hampden.

Thierry Henry hit the post as France dominated the first 45 minutes but Scotland improved after the interval.

And Gary Caldwell, who was outstanding in defence, turned goal hero when he stabbed the ball home from a Paul Hartley corner kick on 67 minutes.

France enjoyed the bulk of possession but Walter Smith’s well-organised team worked hard for a famous victory.”

An entertaining read – an emotive one at that too ;)

Below is an editted version – emotive phraseology removed.

“Scotland sit at the top of Euro 2008 qualifying Group B after a win over France at Hampden.

Thierry Henry hit the post as France dominated the first 45 minutes but Scotland improved after the interval.

And Gary Caldwell, who was in defence, scored a goal when he kicked the ball home from a Paul Hartley corner kick on 67 minutes.

France enjoyed the bulk of possession but Walter Smith’s well-organised team worked hard for a victory.”

Not quite as thrilling, eh? ;)

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The Foley Incident.

The post title is of my choosing.
If I left it to the BBC or other attention grabbing  news reporting institutions, I could expect to read instead:

The ethics committee of the US House of Representatives has opened an inquiry into a scandal over a former Republican congressman’s explicit e-mails.

(For the whole article, click here.)

Please note, I am not making light of Foleys alleged behaviour but I am hi-lighting how it is further sensationalised.

I’m even amused by the article title.
It’s wonderfully generalised, ensuring that  those of us who had absolutely sod all interest in Foley, might read the article nonetheless because  huge numbers of us have email : -

US Congress begins e mail probe.

Yikes!

Bugger being paranoid in Tehran – headlines like this are liable to have a few Americans worrying ;)

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