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8 November 2010
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Key points of Chancellor George
Osborne’s Spending Review
• About 490,000 public sector jobs likely
to be lost
• Average 19 percent four-year cut in de-
partmental budgets
• Structural deficit to be eliminated by
• £7bn in additional welfare budget cuts
• Police funding cut by 4 percent a year
• Retirement age to rise from 65 to 66 by
• English schools budget protected; £2bn
extra for social care
• NHS budget in England to rise every year
until 2015
• Regulated rail fares to rise 3 percent
above inflation
• Bank levy to be made permanent
Amounts each department will spend
between 2011 and 2015 based on govern-
ment figures.
Current spending includes items such as
salaries, hospital medicines, and school text
books. Capital spending includes assets such
as school buildings, roads and bridges.
Government Stakes Its
Future On Austerity Plan
TREASURY Chief George Osborne outlined the
sharpest cuts to public spending since World War
II October 2 – slashing benefits and cutting public
sector jobs with an austerity plan aimed at clear-
ing record debts that swelled during the global
financial crisis.
Court Reinstates Order That
BAA Sell Three Airports
BRITAIN’S Court of Appeal last month
reinstated an order requiring BAA to sell
three of the airports it operates to allow
for greater competition.
BAA, which owns Heathrow airport
and other facilities, has already sold Gat-
wick, Britain’s second busiest airport.
The sales had been ordered by the
anti-monopoly panel, the Competition
Commission. However, BAA success-
fully appealed to a tribunal by arguing
that someone on the commission panel
also acted as an adviser to a pension fund
linked with the owners of Manchester
Airport, potentially a buyer of a BAA
The Competition Commission order
requires BAA to sell Stansted, an airport
serving London, and one of its Scottish
BAA is owned by a consortium led by
Grupo Ferrovial SA of Spain.
NY Plot Man Held, Faces
UK Extradition Hearing
A BRITISH judge says a Pakistani man
alleged to have planned an al-Qaida
attack in Britain and wanted by US
authorities over the New York subway
bomb plot will appear for an extradition
hearing in December.
Abid Naseer appeared by video link
from prison last month for a hearing at
a London court.
The 24-year-old Naseer was arrested
in July on a US extradition warrant on
charges of providing support to a foreign
terrorist organization, conspiring to sup-
port a terror group and conspiracy to use
a destructive device.
Prosecutors allege Naseer was part
of a major al-Qaida conspiracy that in-
cluded the New York subway plot.
District judge Nicholas Evans or-
dered Naseer to remain in custody
before a scheduled three-day hearing
starting December 15.
Gurkhas Lose Court
Battle On Army Pensions
RETIRED Gurkha soldiers have lost
their latest court battle with Britain’s
military over their army pensions.
The former soldiers from Nepal had
challenged a High Court ruling earlier
this year that rejected their bid to be paid
the same pensions as military personnel
from Britain.
The Court of Appeal upheld the lower
court’s decision last month.
The British Gurkha Welfare Society
says about 25,000 Gurkhas who retired
before 2007 are not eligible for pen-
sion payments equal to their UK-based
They were paid about a third of the
monthly pensions given to UK soldiers
because they were recruited from Nepal
and stationed in the Far East.
The Gurkhas said they are consider-
ing taking the case to European courts.
Chilean Leader Presents
Mine Rock To Queen
CHILEAN President Sebastian Pinera
last month gave the Queen and
prime minister each a rock taken
from the bottom of the collapsed San
Jose mine – a symbol of his effort
to turn the disaster-turned-success
story into an international image
The rescue of 33 men from the
stricken mine, where they’d been
trapped for more than two months,
united Chileans and elicited a wave
of sympathy around the world. Pin-
‘Gunpowder Plot’
conspirators Thomas
Bates, Robert Wintour,
Christopher Wright,
John Wright, Thomas
Percy, Guy Fawkes,
Robert Catesby and
Thomas Wintour.
Guy Fawkes & the Gunpowder Plot
Words of “Remember Remember”
refer to Guy Fawkes with origins in 17th
century English history. On the 5th No-
vember, 1605 Guy Fawkes was caught
in the cellars of the Houses of Parliament
with several dozen barrels of gunpowder.
Guy Fawkes was subsequently tried as a
traitor with his co-conspirators for plot-
ting against the government. Fawkes was
sentenced to death and the form of the
execution was one of the most horrendous
ever practised (hung ,drawn and quartered)
which reflected the serious nature of the
crime of treason.
The Tradition begins...
The following year in 1606 it became an
annual custom for the King and Parliament
to commission a sermon to commemorate
the event. Lancelot Andrewes delivered the
first of many Gunpowder Plot Sermons.
This practice, together with the nursery
rhyme, ensured that this crime would never
be forgotten! Hence the words “ Remem-
ber , remember the 5th of November” The
poem is sometimes referred to as “Please to
remember the fifth of November”. It serves
as a warning to each new generation that
treason will never be forgotten. In England
the 5th of November is still commemorated
each year with fireworks and bonfires
culminating with the burning of effigies
of Guy Fawkes (the guy). The “guys” are
made by children by filling old clothes with
crumpled newspapers to look like a man.
Tradition allows British children to display
their ‘guys’ to passers-by and asking for
“A penny for the guy”.
Remember remember the fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I see no reason why gunpowder, treason
Should ever be forgot...
‘Gunpowder Plot’
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After the country spent billions bailing
out indebted banks, and suffered a squeeze
on tax revenue and an increase in welfare
bills, Osborne has staked the coalition
government’s future on tough economic
Osborne confirmed there would be
£81bn in spending cuts through 2015,
which he claims are necessary along with
some tax increases to wipe out a spending
deficit of £109bn.
As many as half a million public sector
jobs will be lost, about £18bn axed from
welfare payments and the pension age
raised to 66 by 2020, earlier than previ-
ously planned.
Even the Queen will take a hit, asked to
trim the budget the government provides
for her staff by 14 percent. Chancellor George Osborne
Investigations Show 75 Percent Of Benefit Claimants Can Work
MINISTERS claim that three-quarters of
people seeking a new benefit were fit to
work or withdrew their application before
having a medical assessment.
A total of 842,100 people applied for
the Employment and Support Allowance
(ESA) from October 2008 until February
this year, according to the Department for
Work and Pensions (DWP).
Of that number, 331,100 were fit to
work and a further 307,200 people’s claims
were closed before a medical assessment
was completed.
Employment minister Chris Grayling
said: “With over two million people
trapped on incapacity benefits, these fig-
ures underline how important it is that we
make sure everyone who has the potential
to work gets the right help to move off
benefits and into a job.”
But Lizzie Iron, head of policy at
Citizens Advice, said 40 percent of people
who failed the assessment and then ap-
pealed won.
“Seriously ill and disabled people are
being severely let down by the crude
approach of the Work Capability Assess-
ment,” she said.
“The government urgently needs to ad-
dress the problems with the test for ESA
which are causing hardship to seriously
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ARMISTICE DAY – November 11
Armistice Day (also known as Remembrance Day) is on
November 11 and commemorates the armistice signed
between the Allies of World War I and Germany at
Compiègne, France, for the cessation of hostilities on the
Western Front, which took effect at eleven o’clock in the
morning-the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the
eleventh month” of 1918.
After World War II, the holiday was recognized as a day of
tribute to veterans of both world wars. Beginning in 1954,
the United States designated November 11 as Veterans Day
to honor veterans of all US wars.
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in the past month . . .
World Championship Calls
For Larger Conkers
IT’S the conker season in Britain, where
schoolboys across the nation thread the
fruit of the horse chestnut tree with a piece
of string and embark on a vicious battle
with fellow conkerers to batter and ulti-
mately smash to pieces opponent’s conker.
Unfortunately, a dry August has seen this
year’s crop provide only small conkers, as
the chestnuts dropped from the trees before
being full size and properly ripened. While
the smaller varieties are very common and
are easily found, the big tournaments require
conkers at least two inches in circumference.
The World Conker Championships held at
Oundle in Northamptonshire, last month,
was celebrating its 46
year, featuring 360
contestants from 17 different countries. It
usually assembles its competition conkers
from neighbourhood horse-chestnuts, but
this year sent out requests across the coun-
try looking for “good sized nuts.” Thankfully,
local hobbyists responded in kind, and Ray
Kellock and Wendy Bradford were crowned
2010 men and women’s world champions.
At the Roman Empire Conker Champi-
onships at Bardon Mill, Northumbria, big
conkers were in short supply too, but the
16 year old championships were saved by
outside donors sending large horse-chest
nuts through the post.
Poulton’s International Conkers Tourna-
ment near Cirencester in Gloucestershire,
are renown for their stringent rules regard-
ing entry. Conkers are checked for baking,
pickling and other nefarious illegal activities,
and officials drill holes and string the conkers
to deter any cheating. At the village hall this
summer, everyone was happy that nation-
wide requests for “good sized nuts,” saved
the day and the tournament.
Ancient Archway Destroyed
By Clumsy Delivery Driver
SOME five hundred years of history was
destroyed at Scone Palace in Scotland,
when a delivery driver misjudged the height
of his van and the ancient archway that
serves as the entrance to the property. The
red sandstone and castellated roofing arch,
that has witnessed Scottish Kings make their
ceremonial access before their respective
coronations crumbled into a pile of rubble.
Suzanne Urquhart who runs the estate
through Mansfield properties said they were
totally “devastated,” while a recent visitor
concurred, “It’s completely destroyed.”
Augustinians monks built an abbey on the
site in 1114. It became the most important
Royal site in Scotland, where monarchs
were crowned. Robert the Bruce, received
his crown here in 1307, seated on the great
Stone of Scone that was later looted by the
English, and can now be seen in Westminster
Abbey. The old Abbey was demolished in the
early 1800s, and the Earls of Mansfield built
the magnificent palace that draws the tourists
today. Scone, is also the location where the
Douglas Fir was first introduced commer-
cially. The entranceway arch was the oldest
part of the present building. Historic Scotland
has sent experts to review the damage with
the expectation that it can be rebuilt.
Spider-Munching Teacher Loses
Marks With Some Colleagues
STUDENTS at St Olave’s Secondary School
in Orpington, London, look on in conflicted
curiousity as headmaster Aydin Onac,
chomped down on a tarantula spider in
full view of school and staff. It was fund
raising time at the school and with pledges
of £1,700, the educator followed up on
his promise to eat a spider. He ordered a
baked tarantula from Cambodia, where the
arachnid is fattened up and regarded as a
table delicacy. Onac admitted it was crunchy
but very dry tasting and was very difficult
to swallow.
“It tasted quite salty,” he said.” And a little
bit like burnt chicken.”
While students and staff were happy that
Onac, had raised the expected monies for the
school, many want the Head to find a less
nauseous fundraiser for next year’s event.
Bacon Burglar ‘Generously’
Leaves A Slice Behind
SURREY police are baffled by a recent
burglary in Redhill, where an intruder broke
in while the couple were fast asleep in their
beds upstairs.
Footage from a CCTV camera caught the
man breaking in, but he has yet to be identi-
fied. Strangely, the place was not torn apart
and the only things stolen was a telephone
and a packet of bacon from the fridge. The
burglar wrapped a rasher of bacon over a
door handle before departing the premises,
leaving law enforcement official scratch-
ing their heads at the smoked, middle-cut
Det Con Julian Knowles called it a
“peculiar burglary,” and said they would
continue their enquires for the apparent,
hungry trespasser.
Deadly Arrival Has Florist
Getting Very Jumpy
WHEN Blackburn florist Debbie Wilding
opened a recently arrived flower purchase
from South America, she was surprised
when a brightly coloured frog jumped out
of the foliage. As the staff attempted to
grab the small reptile, someone phoned the
nearby Myerscough College in Preston in an
attempt to find out exactly what it was. Back
came the reply, – hands off, do not touch it,
it’s the most deadly and lethal frog on the
planet earth.
The phantasmal poison dart frog is an
endangered species of reptile living on the
west side of the Andes in Ecuador and Peru.
It secretes a poison from its skin which is
200 times stronger than morphine, and by
just touching it, the toxins can be absorbed
through the skin. The inch and a half jumper
has golden green stripes over a red body
at adulthood. This particular creature sur-
vived an amazing 4,200 mile journey from
Columbia, to a distributor in Holland, who
refrigerated the exotic flora, before sending
it on to Cherry Tree, Blackburn. Staff finally
captured the dangerous traveler in a plastic
container and shipped it off to Blackpool Zoo,
which has a special programme for rare and
erotic frog species.
Ruth Marriner has been in the flower busi-
ness for thirty years and has seen a variety of
creatures emerge from the leaves, but admits
this is her most bizarre find yet.
FBI ID Card Of Lennon Found
In Memorabilia Store
A CARD with a set of John Lennon’s
fingerprints were seized by the FBI from a
Manhattan Memorabilia store last month.
The FBI were seeking information on how
a classified document was up for sale. His
name is clearly visible as John Winston Ono
Lennon and was dated May 8, 1976, and
at the time, the ex-beatle was applying for
American citizenship. Peter Siegel, the owner
of “Gotta Have It,” reckons an unidentified
rock promoter obtained it some twenty years
ago, but confirmed that Homeland Security
had spoken to him about it.
John Lennon would have been 70-years-
old last month.
Roman Helmet Fetches Over
$3m At Christies Auction
SIX wealthy bidders, three by phone, two
present and one on the internet from Cali-
fornia, gathered at Christie’s auction-house
in London, where one of those anonymous
bidders paid $3.6m for a ceremonial Roman
helmet dated around the first or second
century AD. A treasure hunter using a metal
detector at Crosby Garret in Cumbria, last
May, found the headpiece in pieces. Chris-
ties restored the helmet that featured a face
mask, and a bundle of curls that supported
a pointed metal cap with a Griffin on top.
It was thought the piece would only raise
$700,000,but went far beyond expectations.
It’s only the third Roman helmet to be found
in Britain.
The surge in ancient artifacts discovered
in Britain’s rural landscapes, has the Country
Land and Business Association advising
farmers to get signed contracts with any
metal detector enthusiasts who search on
their property.
There are reputedly 30,000 detector hob-
byist scouring farmland for buried treasure
says the CLBA, and though most of them
turn up beer caps and tin cans the lucky
finder can cause many legal problems for
landowners. The recent discovery of Roman
coin hoards and the such, and the money
that it brings, has seen a big rush of new
adherents to the hobby.
Today, anything of value dug from
Britain’s earth has to be reported to a Finds
Liaison Officer who is usually linked to the
local museum. He decides if it is treasure
trove and belongs to the crown, or if the
finder and landowner have legal rights of
‘Large’ Bus Drivers Suspended
Until They Lose Weight
TWO rather large bus drivers in Blackpool,
could lose their jobs if they don’t lose some
weight. They were both sent home on full
pay and told to lose at least 7lbs in a month
as a sign of good faith. The anonymous
pair are around 280lb, and have been told
if they don’t comply, they will be put on
unpaid suspension for a year. The company
fears safety and health hazards, and are
concerned the buses’ driving seats cannot
take the strain.
Local union leaders are outraged, and
complain that the company should be giving
incentives to lose weight rather than using
such drastic measures. Spokesman John
Boughton admitted both drivers were totally
embarrassed and wished to remain anony-
mous, but that there would be meeting with
the company to find a reasonable solution
to the incident.
“The question is a result of a healthy
and safety assessment and a full risk as-
sessment,” said Trevor Roberts of the
Blackpool Bus Company, who admitted it
was an internal problem that he would not
comment on.
Graveyard Badgers Getting
Down To The ‘Bare Bones’
BADGERS are disturbing the final resting
place of many former Leicestershire resi-
dents at the 12
century Church of St Re-
migus in Long Clawson. The local vicar, the
Reverend Simon Shouler, is finding human
bones scattered around the graveyard and is
looking to have the local badgers relocated.
Things came to a head, when a parishioner
approached the clergyman with a strange
stick his son had been playing, which turned
out to be a human bone.
Rev Shouler reburies the remains when
they surface, but his request for assistance
is not receiving a positive response from
Natural England and English Heritage. Both
organizations are concerned about the
Badgers’ welfare and how a move may af-
fect these creatures, but they say, they will
monitor the situation.
The Church cemetery was used for 800
years, up until 1910, where interments
ceased. The vicar remains completely frus-
trated, and says he has being monitoring the
situation all year.
Obo Player Fights For His Job
At Industrial Tribunal
MURRAY Johnston was the Welsh National
Opera’s main oboe player for some 34 years,
but his career ended up in an industrial tri-
bunal in Cardiff, after Orchestra leader Carlo
Rizzi fired him. Johnston told the hearing
that he had been harassed, victimized, bul-
lied, abuse and intimidated during the last
sixteen years. Rehearsals would be stopped
intermittently while Rizzi berated the oboist
in front of the 55-strong orchestra. He was
forced to re-audition for the job even though
he had been part of the Welsh musical
scene for years. The Musicians Union had
supported Johnson, with letters to other
opera companies regarding the harrasment
he was receiving.
Peter Bellingham of the WNO, told the
court that the oboist playing standards had
dropped considerably, and his poor musical
technique was holding the whole orchestra
back. Bellingham was adamant that Johnson
was not unfairly dismissed. Carlos Rizzi had
originally been conductor of the Royal Opera
Company at Convent Garden and joined the
WNO in 1992.
He has since left the WNO, and was not
at the hearing which continues.
Rare South African Bird Flies
Off Course To Scotland
A BIRD that should have been heading for
the American south got blown off course
and ended up in Scotland last month. The
northern parula is a grey bird with white
wing bars, a yellow chest and a white belly,
and usually winters in south Florida. The
American warbler was discovered in Tiree,
one of the most westerly islands of the inner
Hebrides. Its local population of 700 was
visited by “Twitchers,” an affectionate name
given to a group of extremely enthusiastic
birdwatchers who remained undeterred by
distance and rushed to Tiree to view the
parula’s very first sighting in Scotland.
Surprises too, at the Mersehead Reserve
on the north shore of the Solway Firth in
Dumfries and Galloway, where a lonely
Glossy Ibis put in an appearance.
This wading bird with the curved beak gets
its glossy name because as the sun shines
on its brown feathers it gives off reflected
light flashes. Both European and American
Glossy Ibises are very similar, though this
one is considered to have lost its way from
the continent, rather than blown across the
Dog Jumps Out Of Moving Van,
Escapes With Broken Teeth
DAVE Turner’s Jack Russell Terrier looked
to have jumped to certain death after leap-
ing from the open window of a Ford Transit,
as the launderette business owner drove at
70mph down a Bournemouth dual-carriage-
way. He’d always left the window down, but
Summer, had never jumped before.
The canine landed on its feet however, but
as it attempted to run across the road a pass-
ing car gave it a bump that sent the terrier
flying. Dave turned his van around at the next
roundabout and drove back to see if his dog
was dead or alive, but found nothing.
Later in the day, a telephone call brought
good news. Summer had survived. A pass-
ing motorist had witnessed the incident and
taken the dog to a nearby vet, and the vet
called Dave. Summer’s death defying leap
and a dangerous sprint across a busy road
had resulted in just two broken teeth. Dave
Turner is not worried about the dental bills
however. He’s just glad to have her back.
Oldest Fridge In Britain
Still Going Strong
NO SIGNS yet of Britain’s oldest fridge is
showing no signs of freezing up anytime
soon; after 58 years of continuous use.
Doris Stogdale, a retired piano teacher,
bought the General Electric fridge when her
family lived in what is now Malaysia in 1952.
Stogdale, 89, of Oxford, recalls that it cost
the equivalent of £135; and has never needed
maintenance or even a single new part.
The fridge followed the family around
the world as they moved to accommodate
Stogdale’s husband Vivian’s job as an
engineer. Eventually the Stogdales, along
with their three children, David, now 59,
Valerie, 55 and Annie, 52, returned to the
UK in 1959.
“Things like fridges were made of strong
stuff 60 years ago; nowadays they all have
warranties of a couple of years and it’s al-
most as if the makers expect them to break
at some point.”
Daughter Valerie wrote to General Electric
“because we thought they might like to know
our old fridge was still going strong”.
She discovered the company had held a
competition to find Britain’s oldest fridge just
two months earlier which had been won by
another General Electric appliance that had
been going for only 56 years.
She added: “The fridge is older than I am
and I remember it vividly from my childhood.
We have no intention of getting rid of it be-
cause it’s still in great condition.”
November 2010 Page 3
The Perfect
Xmas Gift Here!
Maggie Smith and Judi Dench
Queen Launches The Queen
“One of the real reasons for growth in the
cruise industry is not just the quality of the
experience, it is the value for money,” he said.
Fares start at £799 for a five-day cruise.
The ship’s capacity for 2,092 guests
gives it revenues of £3.3m per cruise and
£86.4m on the 27 cruises which it will make
next year.
The new Queen Elizabeth is smaller than
her six-year old sister ship the Queen Mary 2;
it’s about 100ft shorter at 964.5ft, with room
for 552 fewer passengers – a total of 2,068
berths. And she doesn’t have the Queen
Mary 2’ s distinctive long bow, designed for
scything the Atlantic waves.
Yet in most other respects this generation
Queen Elizabeth – the second largest Cu-
narder ever built – will offer similar experience
to her sisters Mary and Victoria.
Shopping from retail names never featured
before on a ship; but the most impressive
feature is the 5.6m high marquetry screen
by David Linley, which is the centrepiece of
the Grand Lobby. It depicts the original Queen
Elizabeth, which entered service in 1936 us-
ing nine wood veneers including Indian ebony
and American walnut.
Such extravagance will give the illusion of
a golden age of travel when celebrities and
heads of state walked the decks and flirted
over dinner. That era may be long gone, but
the new Queen Elizabeth will ensure that the
spirit lives on.
Actor Robert Redford hopes to bring
his Sundance Film Festival to London next
The actor and director has held talks with
the O2 Arena about an event which would
boost the British Film Industry after the deci-
sion to axe the UK Film Council, The festival
is expected to focus on independent films
and documentaries.
Well he would have been, had he not been
gunned down by a deranged fan outside his
New York City apartment 30 years ago.
Among items commemorating his death
is a compilation album featuring all 27 of The
Beatles’ No 1 hits which has sold 11.7 million
copies, making it the best-selling album of
the decade – not bad for a band which hasn’t
existed since 1970.
In his memory, the music world is throw-
ing several parties, not to mention two films,
a Grammy Museum exhibit, a limited edition
Gibson guitar, reunions by both the Quar-
rymen (his band before the Beatles) and
the Plastic Ono Band (the one which came
after) a performance by Yoko Ono and Lady
Gaga and a $200 box set of all his solo
albums, remastered and packaged with a
collection of his personal photographs and
home recordings.
In the years since his death, Lennon has
gone from star to icon to legend. Fans have
spent decades pouring over every detail of
his life, fuelling a rich trade in bootlegs, ticket
stubs and autographs. Even his toilet sold for
$14,700 at an auction earlier this year.
With memories like that, how can he ever
be forgotten?
A Concorde aircraft could find a new home
on a floating platform on the Thames next to
the London Eye in a £22m plan to let people
see the supersonic aircraft close up.
The Concorde, one of 11 left, is kept at
Heathrow. BA and Air France retired their
fleets in 2003, as profitability never recovered
after the Paris Concorde air crash in 2000, in
which 113 people were killed.
Princess Beatrice escaped unhurt when
her BMW car was involved in a crash last
month. The car is believed to be a write-off
after being trapped between a bus and a
coach near Hyde Park, west London.
Beatrice, 22, was with a police protection
officer at the time.
THE QUEEN launched Cunard Line’ s third ship, the £350m Queen Elizabeth last
month at a ceremony at Southampton.
The Line’ s managing director, Peter Shanks, said that he expects that it will run at 100
per cent occupancy in 2011, thanks to competitive pricing.
A TV documentary shown on Channel
4 is based on what would happen if Prince
Harry was taken prisoner while serving in
The 90-minute film, called The Taking of
Prince Harry, features contributions from
former hostages and intelligence experts. It
includes scenes showing the prince, played
by actor Sebastian Reid, being held behind
enemy lines while negotiations are carried
out to free him.
Harry, younger son of Prince Charles,
served in Afghanistan’s Helmand province.
His presence in the country remained a
secret for fears that he could become a
Taliban target.
He spent 10 weeks working as a forward
air controller until his cover was blown on
the Internet. He was flown home in February
2008 when the secret was leaked.
The actor playing the prince is shown
facing a mock execution at the hands of his
captors and being made to appear in Taliban
and al-Qaeda propaganda.
Eurostar last month unveiled its new
200mph trains which will open up routes
across Europe and bring Paris closer to
London than Manchester and Liverpool.
The company is investing £700m in
10 e320 bullet trains and refurbishing its
16-year-old fleet.
The e320 trains will bring the journey time
from St Pancras International to the Gare
du Nord in Paris down from two hours 15
minutes to two hours. This compares with
the fastest times of two hours five minutes
to Manchester and two hours eight minutes
to Liverpool by Virgin Trains.
The German-built trains, capable of carry-
ing 900 passengers compared with 700 on
the present Eurostar, will come into service
in 2014.
Meanwhile Eurostar services between
London and Brussels were cancelled October
18-22 due to a strike in Belgium.
Eurostar moved passengers from London
to Lille, France, and change from there to a
bus service to Brussels.
After a three-year £220m refurbishment, the
Savoy Hotel opened its doors again last month.
The 121-year-old hotel has 168 rooms.
A day spent taking tea in the remodelled
Thames Foyer, cocktails and champagne in
the stunning Beaufort Bar, dinner in the River
Restaurant and a stay in a £2,500 sixth-floor
suite reveals a building restored to its former
glory and geared to the future.
The Savoy has always been technologi-
cally ahead of its time, but the emphasis now
is on the human side. You are greeted by
friendly faces (or, if you are staying in one
of the 62 suites, by a butler) rather than by
fingerprint check-ins.
On the whole, it’s a lighter, brighter Savoy,
and rumour has it that now that it is finally
finished, its owner, Saudi Prince Alwaleed,
will sell it. Only time will tell.
The days of the red telephone boxes are
numbered. Westminster Council wants to
close 18 call boxes because of fears that
they are being used by criminals and are
targets for vandals.
The council has written to British Telecom,
asking for the boxes to be shut down. English
Heritage has listed 340 boxes in London.
The London Eye is to have an ice rink at
its base for the first time this Christmas. It
will be the largest addition to the growing
phenomenon of outdoor skating in the capital
each winter, following the success of rinks
at Somerset House and the Natural History
The Eye’s owner, Merlin Entertainments
Group, has announced that visitors will
have “a unique opportunity to celebrate the
festive season, taking in the best views of
Tickets will allow skaters to enjoy a
45-minute spin around the ice at the foot of
the world’ s highest observation wheel on
the South Bank.
Ice skating will be available only as part
of packages combined with trips on the Eye.
The company says that after using the rink,
skaters can warm up with a half-hour ride
on the Eye while drinking mulled wine or
The rink will be open from 10am to 9pm
daily from November 20 to January 5 and will
cost from £10.50 for adults.
To book, visit. www.londoneye.com or call
+44 0871 781 3000.
A prototype of the new Routemaster bus
commissioned by Mayor Boris Johnson was
unveiled in London last month.
It is made mainly of wood and plastic and
has no engine, no driver, no conductor and
not even many seats, but brought to life for
the first time the Mayor’ s £7.8m vision that
my soon be dubbed the “Boris Bus”.
The life-size replica was built by the North-
ern Ireland firm Wrightbus. The first bus will
take at least another year to be completed
and will unergo testing – possibly picking up
passengers in the capital – in about a year.
Six will then enter service in January 2012,
concentrating on central routes that call at
the busiest railway stations.
From The Daily Telegraph: Efforts are
being made in New York to stop undertakers
charging the earth for burials.
Based on Deborah Moggach’ novel These
Foolish Things, the film adaptation by Mog-
gach and Ol Parker, has the British retirees
moving to India to spend the rest of their
years in luxury at a former palace restored
as the Marigold Hotel.
Finding that the advertising for bringing
them to their new luxurious abode was
misleading, their experiences change their
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Ramsay will be appearing on BBC America
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Britain to find the best dining spots.
It’s being produced by One Potato Two
Titanic Survivor Letter Fetches
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A RARE letter describing a dramatic
escape from the sinking Titanic ocean
liner was auctioned in England and
brought £55,000.
The document is an affidavit signed
by Laura Francatelli, who worked for
two passengers aboard the doomed
She was personal secretary to Sir
Cosmo Duff-Gordon and his socialite
wife, Lady Lucy Duff-Gordon. They
managed to escape the vessel aboard
a rowboat with a capacity of 40 with
only 12 people on board.
Titanic lore has claimed Duff-
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away from the ship without rescuing
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BRITISH actresses Judi Dench and Maggie
Smith are off to India, where they will join
Tom Wilkinson, Bill Nighy and Dev Patel, as
costars in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. It
will be directed by British director John Mad-
den, of Shakespeare in Love fame, for Fox
Searchlight and Participant Media.
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Houses Prices Down 3.6 Percent In September
AVERAGE house prices in Britain fell
3.6 percent in September from a month
earlier, the country’s biggest mortgage
lender said, although analysts believe the
market isn’t that weak.
Halifax said its more accurate three-
month average showed house prices drop-
ping 0.9 percent.
“Volatility of the month on month
measure has increased due to the low
transaction levels across the market;
this underlines the difficulty of getting a
clear reading on the current state of the
housing market,” said Halifax economist
Martin Ellis.
He added that the quarterly decline was
a long way from the drops of five percent
or more seen in 2008.
A SENIOR British security minister says
a strong defense against cyber attacks is
important to the nation’s security.
Pauline Neville-Jones, former chairman
of the Joint Intelligence Committee, told
the House of Lords last month that fighting
those who attack government computer
networks is key to Britain’s military ca-
pabilities. She said Britain faced state-led
espionage as well as non-state enemies
who try to disrupt government systems.
She said the country is “doing baby
steps” in addressing this emerging area
of security.
Neville-Jones’ comments echoed warn-
ings this week by the head of the UK’s
electronic spying agency. GCHQ Director
Iain Lobban said that British government
computers are targeted by 1,000 attacks
a month.
Jaguar Land Rover Agrees
Pay Raise – Shelves Closures
CARMAKER Jaguar Land Rover said
last month it has agreed to a five percent
pay rise for its workers and has shelved
plans to close one of its three factories
in England.
The company, now part of India’s Tata
Motors, also reported double-digit sales
increases and said it expects to hire 1,500
more workers next year at the Halewood
The pay deal calls for a five percent in-
crease next month and a minimum of three
percent in November next year.
“We have ambitious plans for growth
and the success of our products around
the world and this agreement will allow
us to accelerate and realize those plans,”
said Ralf Speth, Jaguar Land Rover’s chief
Tata says Land Rover sales were up 19
percent in September compared to a year
ago, and Jaguar was up 10 percent.
Because of the sales boost, Jaguar Land
Rover says it has dropped previously an-
nounced plans to close either its Castle
Bromwich or Solihull factories.
Len McCluskey, assistant general sec-
retary of Unite, said he hoped up to 4,000
new jobs would be created.
Continued from page 1
Chilean Leader
Presents Mine
Rock To Queen
era’s European tour, last month began
in London, may help brighten the image
of a country many here still associate
with the dictatorship of General Augusto
Pinera told reporters that economic
relations, clean energy and education
were among the topics he discussed with
Prime Minister David Cameron. He also
highlighted how Chile has changed and
acquired more international respect since
the mine collapse.
“Down the mine, but also up on the
surface, the miners are not the same – they
have come back to life,” he said. “And
the Chilean people are not the same. ... I
am sure that Chile now is a more united
country, a stronger country, one prepared
to face the new challenges, defeat poverty
and underdevelopment.”
Cameron’s office said the prime min-
ister gave Pinera 33 bottles of Fuller’s
London Pride ale – one for each rescued
miner – and an early edition of Robinson
Crusoe. The Daniel Defoe novel was based
on the adventures of a real-life castaway
on a Chilean island.
Pinera met with the Queen at Bucking-
ham Palace where he gave her the piece of
palm-sized rock from the San Jose mine.
Pinera was carrying tokens of the mine
rescue on his tour. One was the rock from
the mine destined for the British monarch.
Another went to Cameron. Manchester
United, which has invited the freed min-
ers to visit the soccer club, also received a
memento of the mining drama.
ill people at a time when they
most need support.”
Grayling defended the new
system, saying: “I am deter-
mined that we get the medical
assessment right, which is why
Professor Malcolm Harrington
is undertaking an independent
review in consultation with a
number of charities.”
ESA replaced incapacity
benefit and income support
paid on the grounds of incapac-
ity for new claimants from the
end of October 2008. The new
Investigations Show 75 Percent
Of Benefit Claimants Can Work
scheme was accompanied by
the work capability assess-
ment, which all applicants
must complete.
Changes have already been
made to the assessment to rec-
ognise people suffering from
mental health conditions and
those with cancer.
The DWP has said that the
most severely disabled people
and those who are terminally ill
will not be expected to look for
work and will instead be given
extra help through the ESA.
BRITAIN’S Press Association said last
month that the head of Britain’s military
had demanded that Channel 4 withdraw
a drama that looks at the crisis that
would have ensued if Prince Harry had
been kidnapped in Afghanistan.
The 90-minute film called The Taking
Of Prince Harry, explores the political
ramifications of a high-profile abduc-
tion. Harry served in Afghanistan for
10 weeks until word of his stint leaked
to the press in early 2008.
PA reported that Air Chief Marshal
Jock Stirrup said the program, broad-
cast October 21, could undermine the
security of troops in Afghanistan.
The Ministry of Defense acknowl-
edged that Stirrup wrote a letter, but
declined to reveal its contents.
Channel 4 said the program is a
Prince William Makes First
Royal Rescue For RAF
PRINCE WILLIAM has completed his
first mission as a Royal Air Force search-
and-rescue helicopter co-pilot, plucking a
stricken worker from an offshore gas rig,
his office said last month.
The 28-year-old, who is second-in-line
to the British throne, was among the crew
of a Sea King helicopter called to a rig in
Morecambe Bay, off the coast of north-
western England.
William’s office said the crew flew
through “squally winds” and mild turbu-
lence to collect the rig worker, who had a
suspected heart attack, and transport him
to a waiting ambulance.
“Prince William is pleased finally to be
able to contribute to the lifesaving work of
the search-and-rescue force. He is proud,
after two years of intense training, to be
able to serve in one of Britain’s foremost
emergency services,” his office said in a
It said the royal’s Sea King helicopter,
call sign “Rescue 122”, was scrambled by
the Liverpool coast guard office, and took
about half an hour to fly to the rig from the
crew’s base at RAF Valley, in Anglesey,
north Wales, on the Irish Sea coast.
William, known as Flight Lt Wales in
his new job, joined the crew last month
after completing his training.
Though his younger brother Harry
served in Afghanistan in 2008 as a battle-
field air controller – until his tour of duty
was cut short following a media leak, Wil-
liam is considered unlikely to be allowed
to serve in a combat zone.
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UK Jobless Rate
Eases To 7.7 Percent
UNEMPLOYMENT in Britain for the
three months ending in August has
eased to 7.7 percent, down a tenth of a
point from the rate posted a month ago,
official statisticians said last month.
An independent analyst, however,
said gains in employment were slow-
ing down even before the govern-
ment’s expected job cuts begin.
The Office for National Statistics
said the rate for the June-August period
was also down from 7.8 percent in the
preceding three months.
The number of people claiming un-
employment benefits in September was
nearly 1.5 million, 5.3 percent higher
than a year earlier, the agency said.
The employment rate for people
aged 16 to 64 rose by two-tenths of a
percent to 70.7 percent. The number
of students and other economically
inactive people declined by the same
Head Of Military Tried To Halt Prince Drama
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Good, But Are You Extraordinary?
WHETHER someone is pretty good, exception-
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like a meaningless exercise in semantics
UNLESS one is applying for a working visa in
the US. One of the several employment autho-
rized visa categories is reserved for those of
“extraordinary ability”. This elite working visa
category goes by the name of O-1. A foreign
national is eligible for this category if their oc-
cupation is in the sciences, arts, education,
business or athletics and their “extraordinary
ability” has been demonstrated by sustained
national or international acclaim. “Extraor-
dinary ability” in occupations other than in
the arts, is defined as “a level of expertise
indicating that the person is one of the small
percentage who have risen to the very top of
the field of endeavor”. This, in turn has been
broken down to a list of eligibility criteria that an
applicant must clearly demonstrate eligibility
for either by submitting evidence of a major,
internationally recognized award (a Nobel prize
is actually given as an example…) or at least
three of the following criteria:
•Nationally or internationally recognized
•Membership in an organization that
requires outstanding achievement
•Publish material about the applicant in
professional or major trade publications
•Judgment of the work of others
•Original scientific or scholarly work of
major significance
•Authorship of scholarly work
•Been employed in a critical or essential
capacity for a distinguished organization
•Has commanded or will command a high
salary in relation to others in the field
As can be seen, this is a relatively high
standard but not an unreachable one. This
visa category is quite subjective as compared
to most of the other rigid categories. It actually
provides an opportunity for one to get creative
and to persuasively argue. Having filed hun-
dreds and hundreds of these application, it can
be said that the USCIS is quite inconsistent
with regard to their adjudications. We are
regularly surprised by the ones that are quickly
approved and equally surprised at the ones that
are challenged for additional evidence or for
clarification of one point or another.
Occupations in the arts, actually get to
utilize a slightly lower standard with similar
but somewhat easier criteria to meet.
An added bonus of achieving O-1 nonim-
migrant status is that for occupations other
than those in the arts, an applicant can self
sponsor for a fast green card via a green card
category with virtually the identical criteria.
A very comprehensive dossier must be
assembled not only with compelling objective
evidence but with expert testimony vouching
for the claimed standing in the field of endeav-
or. The O-1 category is an underutilized visa
category. Many are unjustifiably intimidated
by the standard. Although the applicant clearly
must very good, many times “extraordinary”
to USCIS may actually mean just really good
to others.
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London Cabbie May Have
Assaulted 100 Women
POLICE BELIEVE that a London taxi
driver convicted of a string of attacks on
female passengers is linked to more than
100 cases of sexual assault.
Scotland Yard said last month that a
total of 102 women have said they were
victimized by 53-year-old John Worboys,
who was convicted of assaulting 12 of
his passengers in a highly publicized trial
last year.
Worboys drove one of London’s iconic
black cabs, the distinctive sedans that ferry
busy Londoners across the city. Worboys’
case attracted a lot of attention in part
because the cabs are advertised as one
of the capital’s safest forms of transport,
particularly for women. Black cab drivers
undergo rigorous testing and are subject to
criminal checks, and they’re often touted
as a trustworthy alternative to the unregu-
lated cab drivers who try to poach custom-
ers by undercutting official rates.
Prosecutors accused Worboys of pick-
ing his victims up at trendy west London
nightspots, telling them he’d won money
in the lottery, and inviting them to par-
take in a celebratory glass of champagne.
Secreted inside the drinks were powerful
sedatives, and those who joined him in
a drink often remembered little of what
happened next.
One victim said that what should have
been a 40-minute trip home took three
hours. Others were left with semen stains
on their clothes, and items or DNA from
some victims was found by police at
Worboys’ home.
Worboys denied the charges, but in
March of last year he was found guilty of
assaulting 12 women. Police say he may
have attacked at least 90 more victims,
but the nature of his crimes meant that
few women could be sure what had hap-
pened to them.
Bonfire Night Firefighter Strike Talks Break Down
TALKS AIMED at averting a strike by
London firefighters on Bonfire Night
have broke down.
October 26. The Fire Brigades Union
(FBU) announced plans for a 47-hour
walk out starting on November 5 in a
row over contracts.
Prime Minister David Cameron
called the strike plans “irresponsible”.
But the FBU walked out of talks, say-
ing the London Fire Brigade had offered
nothing new. The LFB said compromise
was achievable. An FBU spokesman
said: “Regrettably, the brigade repre-
sentatives in attendance had nothing
new to say to us.
“The authority’s proposals on new
working hours would seriously disrupt
firefighters’ family lives and lead to cuts
in fire cover.”
London Fire and Emergency Plan-
ning Authority Chairman Brian Cole-
man said: “Compromise is achievable
through talks, and the FBU have today
walked away. Our message is simple –
call off the strikes now and meet us on at
the panel which has the ability to resolve
this dispute.
Coleman had asked the FBU to
call the strike off, saying it would be
the “busiest time” for the brigade. He
was referring to the traditional British
November 5 celebration of the capture
of Guy Fawkes attempting to blow up
Parliament on the day in 1605.
The Hindu, Sikh and Jain festival
of lights, Diwali, also occurs on No-
vember 5.
The union said the dispute was about
plans to scrap current rotas and force
staff to sign new contracts.
FBU general secretary Matt Wrack
said: “We do not want to take this action
but we have no choice. The alternative
is to allow London’s firefighters to
become doormats for their employers
to walk on.”
Labour leader Ed Miliband’s spokes-
woman said it would be “dangerous”
for firefighters to walk out on Bonfire
Last month, the FBU revealed that 79
percent of its members who had voted
supported strike action. Crews had
alreadystaged an eight-hour strike on
October 24 and another is planned for
November 1.
Teenage TV
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talent contestant
has been ordered
to leave Britain,
days after she was
kicked off Britain’s
popular X Factor
The Home Office
said last month that it had ordered
18-year-old Gamu Nhengu and her
mother Nokuthula Ngazan to return
to their native Zimbabwe because the
pair don’t meet the requirements to
stay in Britain.
Nhengu, whose mother was on a
student visa, was one of several ama-
teur singers vying to win the top spot
on the show, part of Simon Cowell’s
international X Factor franchise. But
she was axed by judge Cheryl Cole in
the show, prompting an outpouring
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alleged racial bias.
The show’s producers deny that
the singer’s race or immigration
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to oust her.
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Carnage Footage Shown At London Bombings Inquest
By Sylvia Hui
GRAPHIC VIDEO of mangled
and bloodied subway train car-
riages were shown last month at
an inquiry into the 2005 London
suicide bombings, as families of the
victims heard harrowing details of
the carnage immediately after one
of Britain’s deadliest attacks.
The relatives viewed previously classi-
fied footage showing how an improvised
bomb ripped through a train carriage on
July 7, 2005, charring the ceiling and blow-
ing out windows and doors. The videos
also showed large pools of blood on seats
and the floor – although they were heavily
edited to cut out scenes showing bodies to
minimize stress to bereaved families.
The inquest at London’s Royal Courts
of Justice opened October 11 to look into
the circumstances surrounding the death of
52 commuters in the attacks. Four British
Muslim suicide bombers detonated devices
aboard three subway trains and a double-
decker bus, killing themselves and also
injuring hundreds.
The bomb that went off on the King’s
Cross train was the deadliest of the four at-
tacks because up to 1,500 passengers were
squeezed inside the train’s carriages, said
Hugo Keith, chief counsel to the inquest.
Twenty-six people died in the explosion.
A police video filmed later that day
after the train had been cleared of bod-
ies showed piles of abandoned personal
belongings and newspapers trampled by
fleeing passengers.
In another video shown, a Circle line
train carriage’s double doors were com-
pletely ripped off, the ceiling was partially
collapsed and handrails laid on the floor.
Keith said the emergency services
were confronted by a “horrifying scene
of mangled flesh, torn bodies, debris and
metal.” Maimed bodies with amputated
limbs lay scattered throughout the car-
riages, as paramedics attempted to distin-
guish between the dead and the dying in
London Tube Bombing Survivors
Describe 2005 Ordeal
SURVIVORS of London’s July 7, 2005 suicide bombings are describing their
ordeal in graphic detail to an inquiry into the deadly attacks.
The inquest, at the Royal Courts of Justice in London is stirring up strong
memories of the attack as a judge weighs whether British authorities could have
done more to prevent the four British-born Islamists from detonating themselves
aboard three subway trains and a bus.
Survivor Cynthia Chetty says she was deafened by the force of the explosion
aboard her subway car at London’s Aldgate station. Another survivor on the
same train said that he didn’t realize his leg had been blown off until he felt
for it.
The attacks killed 52 people. The inquest into their death has been delayed
by years of legal proceedings.
The hearings are expected to last until at least March next year, and will
examine the precise details of the attacks.
Injured tube passengers are helped away from Edgware
Road Tube Station in London following the 2005 blasts.
the darkness, he said.
The hearings are expected to last five
months. The coroner, senior judge Heather
Hallett, is studying how each victim died,
whether the emergency services’ response
was adequate and whether the intelligence
services and police could have prevented
the attacks.
British inquests are fact-finding inqui-
ries that take place when a person dies
violently or under unusual circumstances.
They can’t establish civil or criminal li-
ability, but in this case the investigation
will give families of victims the chance to
ask officials if more could have been done
to prevent the attacks.
HE’S DOMINATED Britain’s media
landscape for decades, shaking Fleet Street
to its foundations and dueling with the
venerable BBC.
But Rupert Murdoch’s latest move, an
attempt to consolidate his family’s sway
over the British Sky Broadcasting Group
PLC, may be a step too far. An unprec-
edented media coalition of newspapers
and broadcasters has appealed directly
to the government to take a close look at
the buyout – which they say could have
serious consequences for the way Britons
get their news.
Rivals want Murdoch’s effort to win a
100 percent stake in BSkyB to be vetted by
Ofcom, Britain’s media regulator, which
can advise officials on the merits of the
deal and whether it would jeopardize the
integrity of Britain’s media industry.
The 79-year-old Murdoch’s British
holdings are already extensive – and
controversial. His stable of national news-
papers reportedly account for 37 percent
of Britain’s national press by circulation.
The Sun, Britain’s biggest daily, boasts
of being able to swing elections and The
News of The World, The Sun’s Sunday
sister paper, has been accused of running
a massive illegal eavesdropping operation,
with reporters spying on politicians, sports
stars, celebrities – and even members of
the royal family.
His papers’ power comes with a big
political payoff. The News of The World’s
former editor, Andy Coulson, is now
Prime Minister David Cameron’s chief
media aide, despite accusations that he
knew about the phone hacking – charges
he flatly denies.
But with Murdoch now aiming to
completely take over BSkyB, in which
his News Corp already owns a 39.1 per-
cent stake, rivals across the industry are
mobilizing, seeking legal advice from top
London law firm Slaughter and May and
lobbying the government to intervene.
News Corp has called its opponents’
motives into question and noted that the
proposed deal has yet to be finalized.
The Guardian, one of those behind the
push, has also taken the fight to its readers,
asking: “Is Rupert Murdoch on course to
becoming Britain’s Berlusconi?” Italian
Premier Silvio Berlusconi is a media
magnate-cum-politician accused by the op-
position of strangling Italy’s democracy.
Damian Tambini, a media industry
expert at the London School of Econom-
ics, said the Berlusconi comparison was
“pushing it a bit,” noting that the Italian
leader runs a private media empire and
exercises strong influence on the country’s
public broadcaster.
But he said that the political concerns
raised by the buyout were legitimate, ex-
plaining that Murdoch and his son James,
BSkyB’s chairman, were carving out a
position which could eventually become
“When media groups are allowed to
consolidate their position it can be irrevers-
ible,” he said.
Media Join Forces
Against Murdoch Buyout
Rupert Murdoch
British Aid Worker May Have Died At US Hands
worker Linda Norgrove may have been
killed by her American rescuers, rather
than her Taliban captors.
Cameron said last month that Gen-
eral David Petraeus had told him Nor-
grove was possibly killed by a grenade
detonated by a member of the US rescue
team. But he says the full facts have not
been established.
Norgrove, 36, died in eastern Kunar
province. Initial reports have said
she died when captors detonated a
bomb as NATO forces attempted to
free her.
She was abducted in an ambush on
September 26 along with three Afghan
colleagues who were later released.
Six kidnappers also died in the rescue
Lloyds Banking
Group Cutting
4,500 More Jobs
Banking Group says it will eliminate
4,500 more jobs as it continues to
streamline operations.
Lloyds was formed in the take-
over of Halifax/Bank of Scotland
by Lloyds TSB at the peak of the
credit crisis.
The bank said last month that it
will eliminate 1,600 full-time per-
manent jobs, 1,150 temporary and
contract staff and 1,750 offshore con-
tractor jobs in its IT operations.
The Accord union says Lloyds
has now cut 20,000 jobs since the
takeover in January 2009. Lloyds
says it had about 106,500 employees
at mid-year.
A SURVEY shows that the number of new
cars registered in Britain was down on the
year for a third straight month, sliding by
8.9 percent in September.
However, the Society of Motor Manu-
facturers and Traders said last month it
believes demand for new cars has stabi-
lized and sales will be slightly higher this
year than in 2009. For the year to date,
registrations are up 7.8 percent.
New car registrations were down 13.2
percent annually in July, ending a string
of 12 monthly increases. Registrations in
August were down 17.5 percent compared
to a year earlier.
New Car Registrations Down In September
The Society said comparisons were
skewed because of the impact of the gov-
ernment car scrappage program last year
which offered discounts to buyers who
traded in cars more than 10 years old.
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THE MEDAL awarded to Manchester
United great George Best when the team
won the 1968 European Cup has been sold
at auction for £156,000.
British auctioneer Bonhams sold 13 med-
als earned by the Northern Ireland interna-
tional for a total of £200,000 last month.
Best scored in Manchester United’s 4-1
extra-time win over Benfica at Wembley.
He died at 59 in 2005 following decades
of alcoholism. His sister will receive the
proceeds of the medal sale.
Britain Garners Nine International Emmy Nominations
Fire Ravages Landmark Hastings Pier
A LANDMARK pier in south-
eastern England that once host-
ed a Rolling Stones concert was
virtually destroyed in a fire last
month, probably marking an
end to local hopes of preserving
the 19th-century structure. Two
teenagers were arrested on sus-
picion of arson, police said.
The dilapidated Hastings
Pier, which juts into the English
Channel and is a relic of gentler
times when mass tourism meant
a trip to the seashore, had been
closed since 2006. About five
dozen firefighters were at the
scene at the peak of the blaze,
authorities said.
In its heyday, tourists swarmed
the Victorian pier, attracted by
the healthful sea air and enter-
tainment. A shooting gallery,
slot machines and a bowling
alley were added in the early
20th century. In the 1960s, the
Rolling Stones, The Who and
Jimi Hendrix played concerts
on the pier.
The local council in Hast-
ings, encouraged by a report
that the pier could be sta-
bilized for about £3m, had
been working on plans for a
compulsory purchase.
Jeremy Birch, leader of
Hastings Borough Council,
held out hope that the pier
could rise again.
Hastings Pier as it stood in 2006.
BRITISH TV productions have gar-
nered nine International Emmy
nominations, including acting nods
for Bob Hoskins and Helena Bonham
The International Academy of Tele-
vision Arts & Sciences last month an-
nounced 39 nominees in 10 categories
for the Emmys honoring excellence in
TV production outside the US.
Hoskins is up for best actor for his
role in The Street as a reformed alco-
holic who runs a pub. The Street is also
nominated for best drama.
Bonham Carter is among the best-
actress nominees for her portrayal of
popular British children’s author Enid
Blyton in the biopic Enid.
Independent Launches
New, Condensed
BRITISH newspaper The Indepen-
dent has launched a condensed edi-
tion in hopes of increasing circulation
and attracting younger readers.
The paper, called “i,” features
abridged versions of Independent
stories aimed at “time-poor news-
paper readers.” The new daily will
cost readers just 20 pence ($0.32),
compared to The Independent, which
costs £1.59.
Launched last month, the spin-off
is published and staffed by employees
of The Independent, which is owned by
Russian tycoon Alexander Lebedev.
The Independent was found in
1986. It has the smallest circulation
among all of Britain’s national pa-
pers. Sales of the paper have fallen
to around 183,000 a day.
A PLUMBER in Lincolnshire has built
a high-speed mobility scooter that can
travel at up to 70mph.
Colin Furze, 31, spent nearly three
months converting the machine which
has a powerful 125cc motorbike engine
hidden under the seat, five gears and
twin exhausts.
The petrol-powered super scooter,
which is British racing green, can almost
reach the national speed limit and keep
up with cars on the motorway.
It does 10mpg and is nearly nine times
faster than an average mobility scooter
which glides along at just 8mph.
“It is quite scary when I’m driving
it fast as the frame is pretty flimsy and
designed for going along at slow speeds,”
said Colin, from Stamford.
“You can’t take your eyes off the road
when driving it as any rash steering
decisions could make it flip over and the
slightest dip or bump in the road makes
it drift off course.”
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EILEEN Grimshaw’s never had much luck
with men and now she’s gone and fallen for
the new builder, Owen Armstrong. He’s a bad
’un, is Owen. As Eileen helps him out with his
building accounts, he’s getting his feet under
Liz McDonald’s table and the rest of his body
parts under her duvet. Eileen finds out what’s
going on behind her back and under her nose
when Sean spots Liz kissing Owen up the gin-
nel and he reveals the torrid tale to Eileen that
Owen’s servicing an old boiler and sorting out
her plumbing. Eileen decides to get revenge,
but how? She’s tempted to nick Owen’s petty
cash box but that’s not Eileen’s style. When
revenge comes, it’ll be well served cold.
Meanwhile, Gary Windass goes off to
fight for his country in Afghanistan. Anna and
Eddie give their son a last hearty meal of his
favourite food before he heads to the Rovers
for a heart-to-heart then spends the night with
Izzy. And then it’s ta-ra as he goes off to war.
As Anna and Eddie wave off Gary, they find
out they’ve been approved for adoption which
is good news for them but upsets Becky and
Steve when they find out, as the same adop-
tion panel turned them down flat.
In the Rovers, there’s more trouble with
Becky’s sister Kylie who nicks cash from
the till. Then Steve finds her with her fingers
in Becky’s handbag robbing more cash, and
threatens to tell Becky. Kylie reacts by flutter-
ing her eyelids and plumping up her cleavage
to get round Steve.
Anyway, at the medical centre, Gail’s not
convinced that her Nick’s girlfriend Natasha
is as pregnant as she says she is. So she
logs on to Natasha’s medical records, finds
out she’s had an abortion and Nick dumps
Natasha when Gail’s secret is revealed.
Natasha tries to commit suicide, in her frail
state, and then in the kind of soap turnaround
we all love to see, she leaves hospital and
gives everyone what for. Not one to go lightly,
before she heads out of Weatherfield with
her head held high, in a taxi, Natasha tells
everyone what she thinks of them, starting
with Gail. What a way to go!
Over at the Websters, Sally and Kevin
breathe a sigh of relief when Sophie and
Sian return. Mind you, while Sophie’s folks
are happy to see their daughter again, Sian’s
dad is less pleased that his daughter’s in love
with a girl: “You grubby cows!” he spits out
and storms back to Southport without his
daughter. When he returns he’s got Sian’s
mum in tow but it makes no difference, poor
Sian’s parents are dreadful and walk out after
shouting at Sally and Kev. Sally points out that
there’s no law against lesbianism, “I know
because I’ve googled it,” she says.
Over in the Kabin, Rita has a few tears
when she finds out that her credit card’s been
cloned and used by someone she doesn’t
know. “They’ve bought a telly and a barbeque
and …” she pauses “… something from an
adult shop!” Norris finds out his bank ac-
count’s been hacked too and puts the blame
on Tina and Graeme, forgetting his laptop has
been out of action and in for repair.
Elsewhere, Jack Duckworth moves back
in with Tyrone, Molly and the new baby.
He tells Tyrone over a pint in the Rovers
that there’s nowt wrong between him and
Connie, he’s just missing Tyrone and new
baby Jack, but there was something in the
way he told Tyrone that he wanted to spend
as much time as possible with them all, that
suggests there’s more to Jack’s move than
he’s letting on.
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Coronation Street Blog
THIS month it’s lots of endings, including one
that is truly the end of an era...
In the aftermath of Lucas’s murders,
both Libby and Chelsea leave the Square,
while Denise’s sister Kim moves in... Jack
continues to recover and is now walking
with a cane... And a bad penny returns: Sam
Mitchell, who has been in jail for obstructing
justice for Den’s murder.
Sam calls for excited Minty (who’s always
been lovesick over her) to visit her in the prison
hospital. Turns out she only wants him to get
Ricky to see her. See, she’s nine months
pregnant and says it’s Ricky’s (though it might
also be Jack’s). When Ricky doesn’t want
her, she decides to give the baby (a boy she
names Richard) up for adoption, but Peggy
isn’t hearing of it and convinces her that she
should keep him to use him to get Ricky back
(funny, she never like Ricky when they were
married the first time). Sam is released and
returns to the Square but has no interest in
doing anything for her means-to-an-end baby.
And now Bianca and Ronnie want a DNA test to
prove which of their men got the slag pregnant.
The test is done and Sam tells everyone it’s
Ricky’s, even though it’s Jack’s. But Bianca
catches on and gets proof she lied and Ricky
tosses her out. Then Ronnie (unbeknownst to
Jack) pays her to leave the Square...
Stacy finally sees the light about Becca
after finding out that she was the one who
phoned the old bill and grassed up Bradley,
leading to his death. Realizing she has been
manipulated along, she throws her out, but
not before she has convinced Stacy to go off
her meds, leaving Stacy wanting to confess
everything to everyone. She is haunted by
Archie’s murder. She tells Dot that baby Lily
isn’t Bradley’s...
Phil’s habit has him hitting bottom in a filthy
crack den very quickly. But Peggy springs into
action and with the family, kidnaps him and
locks him in the front room upstairs at the
Vic to detox cold turkey...Elsewhere, Janine
is marrying Ryan at City Hall and then having
her reception in the Vic (where else?). While
the reception is going on, Stacy leaves Lily
upstairs for a nap, then comes downstairs
and confesses to Peggy that she’s the one
who really killed Archie. Peggy proceeds to
scream and toss her out. Upstairs, Phil keeps
screaming to be let out, and finally convinces
dim Billy to open the door just for some water,
at which point he runs down the stairs where
he has a confrontation with Peggy. During the
argument he tells her she loves the Vic more
than him and in anger she agrees. So he tells
her he’s going to take everything from her, like
she took Ben and Lou from him, and strikes
a match, sending the Vic up in flames. In the
intense Poseiden Adventure-type scenes that
follow, everyone eventually gets out, except for
Stacy and Lily who are trapped upstairs and
Phil, who runs back in to steal crack money
from the till (getting trapped under falling
debris). Mitchells run back in to save Phil, and
Ryan gets a ladder to save Stacy and Lily, after
which she tells him that he is Lily’s father. And
Mazel Tov to you too!...
As the Mitchell’s hide Phil from the Old
Bill investigating the fire, he and Peggy have
it out one more time in which he tells her
she has always smothered him. Defeated,
Peggy says she is leaving the Square. And
through the streets of Walford and off into
the sunset walks Peggy, (to the strains of a
new EastEnders theme penned especially for
her), stopping to glance up at the burnt out
shell of the Queen Vic. Duf, duf...
How sad to see Barbara Windsor leave
EastEnders! It is truly the end of an era. But
Peggy got out alive, so the door has been left
open for her return. Let’s hope!
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Olympic Marathon
To Be Run In
Central London
LONDON 2012 organizers have an-
nounced that the Olympic marathon will
start and finish in front of Buckingham
Palace and include three loops of central
The race will start on The Mall with a
2.2-mile circuit of St James’ Park before
three eight-mile loops past landmarks
including St Paul’s Cathedral, the London
Eye and the Bank of England.
The race will only go as far east as the
Tower of London despite protests by resi-
dents and lawmakers against the decision
to move the route away from the Olympic
Stadium and the east of the city.
London 2012 chairman Sebastian Coe
says a switch to avoid gridlocked streets
on what will be one of the busiest days
of the Olympics was “one of the hardest
decisions we have had to take.”
Hollies’ Singer Nash
Appointed OBE
has been appointed
OBE for his remark-
able career in music.
Nash, 68, who
found success with
the Hollies and then
Crosby, Stills and
Nash, was at Buck-
ingham Palace last month to receive the
OBE from the Queen.
The singer, who grew up in Salford (Gtr
Manchester) but has lived in Hawaii for
more than 30 years, got the award for ser-
vices to music and charitable activities.
Speaking after the ceremony he said it
was a highlight of his life and his parents
would have been very proud.
“Receiving this was very profound,”
he said.
“I’m from Salford, from a very poor
family and to have been on the journey I’ve
been on since I was 13 years old, when I
wanted to be a musician – (the OBE) it’s
a highlight of my life.
“This is my country and my Queen
gave me an honour – it’s a stunning ex-
Graham Nash
London 2012 Olympics Attract 100,000 Volunteers
LONDON 2012 organizers say more
than 100,000 people have volunteered
to help run the Olympics.
Organizers were seeking 70,000
volunteers – called “Games Makers” –
in Britain’s biggest postwar volunteer
recruiting campaign.
London 2012 chairman Sebastian
Coe says he is “thrilled with the re-
sponse we’ve had.”
Organizers say 52 percent of appli-
cants have never worked as volunteers
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SUDDENLY, life seems more difficult for the
Coalition Government.
The Spending Review which will appear
after this column goes to press will produce
huge political reverberations.
A great deal of “blame” for what has
happened to the nation’s finances has been
heaped upon workers in the civil service,
medicine and education. Pensions have
received close scrutiny, largely because with
advances in medicine people are surviving for
far much longer.
A teacher retiring 20 years ago, for ex-
ample, might expect to last 10 more years
before meeting his/her maker. Nowadays, it
is not unusual for a person to be drawing his
pension twice that length of time and if that is
a bad thing, well, matters can only get worse
as life expectancy gets even better.
One scheme the Government is looking
at, thanks to the work of Lord Hutton an
ex-Labour minister, who has been examin-
ing ways of spending less on the old folks’
pension, is to consider whole-life earnings
rather than end-of-career salaries.
On the face of it, this is quite a reason-
able approach to saving money. But a little
closer examination reveals a bleaker future
for pensioners.
Take my case. I spent 35 years in the
classroom. I started in London in 1962
taking home no less than £48 a month.
That represented about £720 pa including
a London Weighting Allowance to help me
pay for digs in the capital city. Wind forward
35 years and I retire on an annual salary ap-
proaching £25,000.
You can do the sums for yourself from
now on. When I left teaching I received a
pension of 35/80 of my best salary. Had I
been pensioned off with the same fraction of
my annual career average salary, my current
pension would probably be about half that.
Over the years, my pay went up primarily
because I was rewarded for greater experi-
ence and extra responsibilities and, possibly
more importantly, because of inflation.
I always count myself lucky to have had
a working career that covered the second
half of the 20
century. We lived through the
inflation of the 1970s when oil prices went
spiralling upwards and house prices raced
out of control. But inflation was actually good
for us since our mortgages remained low
while our properties soared in value.
Successive governments placed a pre-
mium on home ownership giving us tax relief
on mortgage interest payments. This was a
godsend when interest rates were running
at getting on for 20 percent. But it sustained
property prices unrealistically high with the
result that today youngsters are priced out of
the market.
Traditionally the
size of the mortgage
advance was three
t i mes t he appl i -
cant’s annual salary.
Translate that into
present-day terms.
The average annual
income is £25,000.
The average price
for a terraced house
is £186.704, and the average house price
comes in at a startling £230,562. Faced with
such astronomical numbers, you can read-
ily understand the dilemma in which young
people find themselves. By the way, I left
university with a debt of exactly £8.
But Lord Browne’s mid-October report on
student loans has made things even worse
for the young. Now there will be no limit on
the size of student fees. This will mean that
it could take a graduate anything up to thirty
years to get out of debt.
Before the last election, each Lib Dem
candidate publicly signed a pledge to scrap
tuition fees but they now find themselves
raising them. Their justification is that the
country’s financial mess makes raising of
tuition fees unavoidable. Since it was always
clear that the next government would have
to slash public expenditure, it was surely
irresponsible (to put it mildly) for them ever
to have claimed they would protect tuition
fees from going up.
Of course, the pledge did them no harm
in electoral terms. But what was an ironclad
pledge almost signed in blood has morphed
into an unsustainable promise. Some promi-
nent MPs – Charles Kennedy and Menzies
Campbell among them – have announced
they will oppose any rise in the fees. The
rest – most significantly Nick Clegg and Vince
Cable – will vote for it and are desperately
seeking forms of words that will prevent their
opinion poll ratings, currently at 15 percent,
sliding even further downhill.
Back in 1921, the Liberal Prime Minister,
Lloyd George, governing in coalition with the
Conservative Party commissioned a busi-
nessman, Sir Eric Geddes, to advise on cuts
in government spending. The National Debt
was greater than the annual gross domestic
product. In the event, massive cuts were
imposed on defence, where manning levels
remained the same as during the Great War,
and on education, where a plan to raise the
school leaving age by two years to 16 fell
by the wayside.
90 years later there is still a debate as to
whether the Geddes Axe was beneficial or
not. Most historians feel that it set the scene
for the depressingly high unemployment
throughout the 1920s. The General Strike of
1926 was in part due to the resentment still
felt over the cuts four years earlier. Other
historians believe that it helped Britain escape
from the vicious recession of 1918-21. It
certainly paved the way for the election in
1924 of the country’s first Labour adminis-
tration whose rise led to the long decline of
the Liberal Party.
To Mark Twain is attributed the quotation,
“History never repeats itself but it rhymes”.
But where is the poetry for the Lib Dems in
all this? What will they say when the next
General Election comes round: ‘This is where
the coalition went wrong and that is why you
should vote for us not the Tories so that it
won’t happen again’?
To end on a lighter note. I have been
listening recently with considerable enjoy-
ment to a fantastic piece of music by Per
Martinsen, Earthbound – Surfing the Apoca-
lypse, a new album which will be released
in November. Find our more for yourself on
where there is a vast amount of background
information on this exciting project.
It is an astonishing piece of work. A
modern classic.
History Never Repeats
Itself But It Rhymes
Police Force Publishes All Incidents To Twitter
FROM STOLEN cars to suspicious smells,
one of Britain’s biggest police forces is
tweeting every incident it deals with over
a 24 hour-period to prove a point.
The online Twitter campaign aims to
show the pressures that police are under
as British officials prepare for deep bud-
get cuts.
“The reality of police work is that al-
though crime is a big part of what we do,
we do much else besides,” Chief Constable
Peter Fahy of Manchester said in a message
posted to YouTube. “We’re very much the
agency of last resort, and a big part of our
workload is related to wider social problems
of alcohol, drugs, mental health and people
having problems with their relationships.”
The project, which ran from October 14
for 24 hours racked up more than 1,300
different incidents. Among the first tweets:
An alert about a stolen vehicle thought to
be headed for Manchester, the arrest of an
aggressive shoplifter, and a report that “a
man appears asleep at bus stop.”
Many tweets covered domestic inci-
dents, traffic accidents, stolen cars and
missing people. There were calls about
animals, complaints about a man urinat-
ing against a school wall, and a report of
someone smoking on an incoming flight
to Manchester Airport.
There were also dozens of false
Royal Mail Privatisation
To Be Voted Upon
WHEN THE Postal Services Bill ap-
pears next in Parliament MPs will vote
on plans to privatise the Royal Mail.
Business Secretary Vince Cable has
said private buyers will
be allowed to own up to
90 percent of the Royal
Mail, with at least 10
percent of shares going
to employees.
The Government has
also announced it will
take on the Royal Mail’s
multibillion-pound pen-
sion shortfall.
Labour is expected
to back the proposals,
but the Communica-
tion Workers Union is opposing the
plans. General secretary Billy Hayes
said: “The Government has left many
questions unanswered and scrutiny of
their Bill shows they are making empty
promises while setting up to demolish
the mail through the back door.
“Their warm words about keeping
post offices open have no substance as
the Government has not confirmed any
funding to keep the network running
beyond next year.”
He added: “The Government is re-
fusing to explore business models other
than privatisation and leaving gaping
holes in its legislation which could lead
to the decimation of the UK’s postal
However, Minister for Postal Affairs
Ed Davey said: “The
surest way to demolish
Royal Mail would be
to do nothing and bury
our heads in the sand.
Falling mail volumes,
huge competition from
email and the internet,
a dreadful pension po-
sition; these are chal-
lenges that have to be
tackled. Our plans are
the only way to protect
the Royal Mail and Post
Office; two cornerstones of British life;
for the future.”
The future of the Royal Mail, which
is the universal delivery service, was de-
bated by MPs during the second reading
of the Postal Services Bill in the House
of Commons last month.
The Post Office, which manages
12,000 branches, is 100 percent owned
by the Government and will not be put
up for sale.
But ministers are considering turn-
ing it into a mutual; owned and run on
behalf of subpostmastes, staff and local
BACK AMONG the top 12 toys on chil-
dren’s wish lists for Christmas is once
more Lego bricks.
Creativity and role play is at the heart of
the toy industry, with technology evolving
at lightning speed, according to the Toy
Retailers Association.
The TRA is publishing its annual of-
ficial prediction of Christmas bestsellers
and it is packed full of kiddie versions of
adult “must-haves”. Among them is the
electric guitar and a grooming kit, said to
allow children to emulate their parents,
friends and family as never before.
The TRA’s Gary Grant said: “This year,
the toy industry has combined innovation
and creativity to respond to the ever-
changing demands of children.
“The technological advancements used
in many of the toys we reviewed this year
were simply amazing, and demonstrate
how forward-thinking manufacturers are.
In what has been a challenging yet ex-
tremely positive year for the toy industry,
it is also refreshing to see the industry’s
faithful brands continuing to perform well
to keep classic toys in the hearts of children
This year’s Dream Dozen, in alphabeti-
cal order:
City Airport, Lego UK (£84.99); Fire-
man Sam Deluxe Fire Station Playset,
Character Options (£29.99); FurReal Go
Go Walking Pup, Hasbro (£59.99 ); Jet
Pack Buzz Lightyear, Mattel UK (£39.99);
Kidizoom VideoCam, VTech (£59.99);
Monopoly Revolution, Hasbro (£29.99);
Top Christmas Toys Wish List Includes Old ‘Faves’
Moon Dough Barn, Spinmaster Toys UK
(£19.99 ); Nerf N Strike Stampede ECS,
Hasbro (£54.99); Paper Jamz Guitar, Wow
Wee Europe (£24.99); ‘Pumpaloons’; ac-
tion game, Drumond Park (£19.99); Syl-
vanian Families Motorcycle and Sidecar,
Flair Leisure (£24.99); ZhuZhu Grooming
Salon, Character Options (£22.99).
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Karen’s California Events Calendar
Contact Leo and Karen at PO Box 5691 Oxnard, CA
93031 or britishlad12@yahoo.com
For upcoming British events in the Los Ange-
les area, check out www.britweek.org
Rosie Lee Imports of Ventura has all Christ-
mas items in stock for your holiday shopping:
mince pies and cakes, puds, baskets, choco-
lates, Christmas crackers, plus a huge selection
of teas and tea pots!! (park behind the library)
(805) 643-5TEA.
3: Plaza Pantry invites you to an English
Afternoon Tea 1:30pm (805) 646-6325.
Cameron’s Inn is full of pumpkin excitement
with pumpkins everywhere. But pumpkins aside,
the NFL games are all over the big screens and
Cameron even breaks his no breakfast rule
and serves up a killer breakfast every Sunday.
“There’s so much energy in the place that I
have to keep the energy level up with food, no
matter what the hour,” says Cameron. Also as
long as the Giants are in the running, the Inn is
packed for baseball as well. The sing-a-long
campfires draw all ages with the free smores.
The Buzz Time Trivia team on Tuesday strives
to keep Cameron’s in the top 100 nationwide.
Let’s not forget Thurday night Mic Night and
Saturday night Karaoke. There’s just never a
dull day at this hot spot on the Half Moon Bay
Coast (650) 726-5705.
5-7: Tucson Celtic Festival & Highland
Games 4502 Nth 1st Ave, Tucson, Arizona
www.saintandrewsla.org check it out for the
latest Scottish information
6 & 20: Mayflower Club of N Hollywood
presents Just Desserts, a sentimental journey
November 6; Tikiyaki November 20 (818)
The British Connection in Torrance has
Christmas crackers, puddings, cakes, mince
pies, specialty baskets, and all your favorite
Cadbury chocolates in stock for the holidays
(310) 214-1790.
13: Procol Harum at the Lobero Theatre
Santa Barbara (805) 963-0761.
13-14: Phoenix Faerie Festival Estrella Mnt.
Regional Park, Goodyear, www.westerngates-
www.sccacricket.org for the latest in Los
Angeles cricket news.
13-14: Kearney Renaissance Fair at Syca-
more Island Madera, California www.kearney-
25: Kings Head in Santa Monica invites
you to join them for Thanksgiving (now taking
reservations). Book your holiday party asap!!
Call for their live soccer schedule. Full stock of
Christmas items in their gift shoppe-Christmas
crackers/puds/advent calendars/ gifts and much
more (310) 451-1402.
26 thru Dec 19: Dickens Faire San Fran-
cisco, California 94134 www.dickensfair.com
You Say Tomato 1526 California St in San
Francisco has a full stock of Christmas goodies
for your shopping pleasure (415) 921-2828.
26 thru Dec 19: Christmas on Main Street
/ Festival of Lights Main Street, Downtown
27: Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone
at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills.
And a huge thank you to Let’s Buy British
for all their hard work in getting our Christmas
goodies through immigration in time for the
holidays (310) 761-9565.
27: Scottish Treasures Celtic Corner
in Coronado, Ca 92118 is holding their
Annual Store Open House 1201 First St
#213 10-8pm with free food, entertain-
ment, and the Best Sale of the Year!!
Shop early for Christmas. Lots of great
new products from Ireland and Scotland
have arrived!! www.scottishtreasures.
net www.californiakiltrentals.com (619)
SAN DIEGO has to be one of the most
welcoming and fun cities in California. Dis-
neyland for adults is how one resident put it.
Not satisfied with last months exciting visit
to the Festival of Sail, we took up the offer
of friends, Gene and Leigh, for a return visit
to finally get off the dock. So took a direct
line to San Diego’s original British Pub, the
Shakespeare Pub and Grille. Our approach
was somewhat cautious as we were aware
that this was the UJs publisher and editors’
(Ron and Jeff) “local” so we snuck in under
the cover of a rain cloud.
There is an immediate good feel about
the place, warm and friendly like home, with
wooden floors which compliment the sur-
roundings. As complete strangers, everyone
from staff to customers alike, made us feel
very warmly welcomed, asking where we
were from and suggesting places of interest
to go. Monica was a sweetheart, ever so
helpful. We had a bite to eat, which was top
notch. Fish and Chips (Atlantic cod and real
chips). I had a British Roast Beef Dip and
chips with gravy. Both were excellent. What
we were impressed with was the standard
of cleanliness in the entire Pub. We loved
the spotlessly clean loo’s complete with 50s
framed saucy postcards on the wall! Not very
helpful when one’s laughing while taking care
of business!!
Once we introduced ourselves as the
LA Office of the UJ, they were surprisingly
sympathetic and understanding, “Oh, you
poor souls.” Although we were not quite sure
whether they meant living in LA or working
the LA Office or just working with Ron C.
Ron’s soon to appear again as Scrooge, if
you’ve never seen him perform you should?
He’s fabulous!! Many, many times times I
exclaimed: “Best Scrooge I’ve ever worked
with. I mean, watched perform.”
The Shakespeare’s manager Ruth Thomas
is vibrant and entertaining. She enjoyed
showing us around. They have a nice patio
that surrounds the restaurant on the lower
level, and of course, extremely popular. Con-
veniently located next door is Shakespeare’s
Corner Shoppe and Afternoon Tea, ex-
tremely well stocked with all things British
and owned by Selina Stockley, who actually
worked for the Pub before buying the shoppe
from Shakespeare’s founder and owner Paul
Crawford, who in September celebrated 20
years in business.
We met Paul, from Manchester, when we
stopped in for breakfast before our return trip
to Ventura, only to find that’s exactly where
he had been all weekend! We told him what
a smashing Pub he had, but with the name
Shakespeare I had expected a few men in
tights or tutu’s and told him the next time
we visit perhaps. By far the easiest way to
travel is to fly, because it doesn’t matter if
you’re going to Gaslamp Quarter, Shoreline,
Sea World, Balboa Park and Museums, or
the Shakey, the plane lands in the center of
town. Just ask the pilot to taxi over!
We made the mistake of driving down and
taking the carpool lane. Have you ever done
that? Once you’re in it you can’t get OUT!
We’re all the way to Tijuana, Mexico just to
do a U-turn.
Did you catch Fox National News reporting
on the annual pumpkin weighing contest in
Half Moon Bay with a picture of Cameron
Palmer officiating? That’s the owner of
Cameron’s Inn. He pops up every where
these days!
Rosie Lee Imports in Ventura is all set
for the holidays! She’s been decorating up a
storm and arranging all the Christmas good-
ies to good advantage, with an extra large
order of crackers, tea, and Cadbury’s for
good measure. Suzanne has a large selection
of teas, including her own brand, plus some
great teapots! (805) 643-5TEA ... park in
back of the library next door.
Last year we wrote extensively about a
bunch of police cadets from Bromley, Essex,
The crew and friends from The Shakespeare Pub and Grille in San Diego: Michael, Ruth Thomas, Dave Presley,
John Barton, Zoa, Courtney, Monica, Scottish Dave, Riley, and Megan.
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who visited Los Angeles as the guests of
Sheriff Lee Baca’s City of Industry Station.
It was so successful that this year Bromley
have extended a very warm welcome to
the police cadets here to visit. The sheriff’s
Explorers leave November 19 for a two week
visit to include Scotland Yard, MI5, House of
Commons, and ongoing security procedures
in the UK. Each cadet has to write two papers
in advance about two of the locations they
will visit and learn enough to serve as a tour
guide for the group. We’re going down to help
give them a good send off and will await an
exclusive report on their return.
LA based expat Helen Berger recently
participated in the recent Ventura Art Walk.
She studied drawing and painting in London,
Paris and LA under the watchful eyes of the
best. Helen now has her artwork shown
through out the US, Denmark, Switzerland,
France, UK and most recently her work was
chosen out of many to be on permanent
display on the Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines
newly built cruise ship.
Helen is a long time friend of Gillian
Campbell (The Bread and Butter Company).
They met age 11 while attending The Raven-
scroft Academy in Eastbourne and renewed
their friendship in 2002 when meeting up
again in LA. Great art work Helen!! Please
check out www.helenberger.com (310)
429-7811 info@helenberger.com
Listening to all the glum news coming out
of the UK about the budget. How refreshing
it is to hear that this year, a professional
production of Cinderella (a traditional London
Panto), has been put together by the Lythgoe
Family (Australia’s So You Think You Can
Dance) which opens with a VIP performance
to benefit Las Best November 27 and runs
through December 19 at the El Portal Theatre
in N Hollywood.
Veronica Dunne is Cinderella; Freddie
Stroma (Harry Potter) is Prince Charming;
“The Beaver” Jerry Mathers is Baron Hardup;
Broadway sensation Jennifer Leigh Warren
as fairy Godmother; comedian Benny Harris
is Buttons; Eddie Driscoll and Mark Edgar
Stephens are the Evil Step Sisters Cowel and
Seecrest; the show is choreographed by Danc-
ing with the Stars Mark Ballas; directed by
Bonnie Lythgoe and written by Kris Lythgoe,
with musical director Andrew Street.
That line-up should knock your little cotton
socks off! The opening night VIP performance
is benefiting LA’s Best Afterschool Program,
followed by a reception with the cast. The
who’s who of the British Community will be
in attendance. We all enjoy a good Panto!!
To be a part of this exceptional VIP Opening
Night contact www.lasbest.org or call (213)
978-0801 For regular shows after November
27, contact www.elportaltheatre.com (818)
508-4200 The UJ will cover the opening night.
Can’t wait to see it!!
I remember when I left St Helen on the
Island of Jersey, before leaving for France. I
walked past this pub in the center of town and
the song, A Whiter Shade of Pale by Procol
Harum was playing on the juke box. The
song stuck with me as I went off around the
world. I knew I wouldn’t be home for a long
time! Never knowing it would be this long?
Marilyn English, Michael Hunter, and artist Helen Berger at the Ventura
Arts Festival. The chess set was also created by Helen.
Well, Procol Harum are playing a one night
concert November 13 in Santa Barbara at
The Lobero Theatre (805) 963-0761. a long
way from Jersey in the English channel and
many years later.
The British Connection in Torrance has
received their first shipment of Christmas
items, so stop by and get your selection now
(310) 214-1790.
Trivia: 1939 a German U Boat sank battle-
ship HMS Ark Royal off Scotlands Orkney
Island killing more than 833 sailors. October
2010 Britain s newest, most advanced
nuclear powered submarine HHS Astute
ran aground off the Scottish coast near the
Isle of Skye. October 1805 Admiral Horatio
Nelson defeated the French and Spanish fleet
in the Battle of Trafalgar, though it did cost
him his life.
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WORLD CUP BID UPDATE. Not good news.
Following my urging you to vote for the
USA bid to host the 2018 Footie Holy Grail,
because some matches would be played in
Miami and Tampa, droves of you did, email-
ing fellow expat fans across America. Well
the USA Bid Committee has withdrawn. It will
focus on bidding for the 2022 tournament
only. 2018 is now between European coun-
tries, including England. FIFA will announce
for both on December 2, 2010.
Salman Rushdie will be reading in person
from his new book, Luka at the 27th Miami
International Book Fair, downtown Miami
Saturday, November 20. Other noted Brit-
ish authors also attend on various days
– consult the Authors list on the website.
The bookfair runs November 14-21. Tickets:
England’s universities were the envy of the
world. “Oxford graduate” are two words that
opened all doors. Now a worldwide academic
league of the top 50 universities (published
September 2010) has the Americans giving
us a right caning, taking the top five spots.
Weep. 1) Harvard 2) California IT. 3) MIT
Boston 4) Stanford 5) Princeton. 6) Oxford 7)
Cambridge. Imperial London came in at 9. At
least, the Sorbonne wasn’t ahead of us. Can’t
have the French beat us at anything.
Book ahead. No space here to include all
details, time Santa will show up etc, so call
them direct. Christmas events not included
have not emailed my office any info, voila
• December 3. Christmas Gala dinner-
dance Friday from 7pm-Midnight. Held at
Isleworth Golf and Country Club. Hosted by
the Orlando British-American Chamber of
Commerce (BACC). Call their office (407)
• December 10. Annual Christmas
luncheon at Inter-Continental Hotel, down-
town Miami hosted by the British-American
Business Council Miami. Call Neal Stebbing
(786) 302-0144
• December 17 (evening) in Ft Myers.
British-American Club (BAC) Christmas
Party and the club’s 40
Anniversary British
Invasion Bash. Call (239) 691-4745 or (239)
691-6955. (Happy Note: President Tom Hall
celebrates 39 years with the club and he and
his wife will be honoured at this event.
• December 18 from 6-11pm Christmas
Dinner Dance at Lighthouse Point Yacht Club
hosted by the Broward British-American
Chamber. Call President Roy Yates (954)
booze for a living! A Major Scotch com-
pany, established 275 years, with a Miami
office, seeks a Brand Ambassador for its
Scotch Whisky. The purpose of the Brand
Ambassador’s role is to build their whisky
brand’s profile across Florida and elsewhere,
by cementing trade relations and implement-
ing consumer tasting events in the market.
Whoever is hired will be based in South
Florida with travel in Florida, the Southeast
USA and over to Scotland to liaise with the
brand and distillery team. No space here
for full details, so serous candidates email
your name and contact phone (required) to
britishflorida@aol.com. On subject line put:
Scotch Brand position.
honour the funniest man we ever produced
– Tommy Cooper – who made you roar
before he’d even spoken. So I will share
one of his classic gems each month: Man
goes to doctor: Help – I’ve got a strawberry
growing out of my head.
Doctor: Here’s some cream to put on
Palm Beach meets in West Palm Beach.
Real Scots mixed in with wannabe American
“Scots”. Call president Larry Berdoll (561)
735 0318.
Q FT LAUDERDALE: Lest We Forget. All
expats are urged to attend the Royal British
Legion Remembrance Service. The Legion
assists and acts for all British ex-service
personnel around the world. The Florida
branch organises the annual Poppy Day
Appeal and Service each November. Wear
your Poppy with pride. Sunday, November
14 at 3pm at Shepherd of the Coast Church,
1901 East Commercial Blvd, Ft Lauderdale.
Call Neil Hennessy (954) 485-1142.
Q SOHO House London just opened a lo-
cation in Miami Beach. You may remember
the New York one was featured in the Sex
and the City series – Samantha was thrown
out for faking her membership and a British
accent. Soho House is a hotel and private
club that began in London’s Soho. Only this
one’s on the beach with two restaurants, a
spa, screening room, library and private
bars galore. It’s a swanky members-only-
place, so if you have a few bob and wish
to hob-nob with Miami’s elite, call (786)
507-7900 for info.
second Annual US Cricket Open Tourna-
ment. December 3-5, at the Cricket Stadium
in Lauderhill. They will have sixteen teams
competing, a fun-filled three day extrava-
ganza and largest T20 cricket tournament
to be played in South Florida, say the orga-
nizers. The Championship Trophy and the
first prize of $25,000 to the winning team.
Information and to enter a team: Call Jeff
Miller (561) 361-1700.
FLORIDA? I don’t have space on this page
to list them all, so drop me an email with
your name/city/contact phone and I will reply
with details.
cember 2-6. Featuring numerous galleries
and exhibitors from the UK, this is Florida’s
cultural event of the year worth driving down
for. I attend every year and enjoy ogling hand-
some English gallery-owners in pin-stripe
Savile Row suits as much as their inventory.
No flip-flops here. For a week there are over
800 art-related events and parties across the
Miami area. Occurring annually since 2002,
Art Basel Miami Beach features galleries
from 33 countries showcasing paintings,
drawings, sculptures, installations, photog-
raphy, editions and videos. The show’s list of
participants makes it the most prestigious art
show of the Americas, featuring established
galleries and dynamic newcomers, prices
ranging from a few hundred dollars to several
million for museum-quality masterpieces
from over 250 leading galleries across the
world. More information and tickets: www.
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– an annual War of Independence reenact-
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Norman Wisdom,
Comedian, Film Star
Norman Wisdom,
95, comedian and ac-
tor has died at the age
of 95.
Sir Norman died
peacefully October 4
at a nursing home on
the Isle of Man, he had
suffered from a series
of strokes in the months before his death.
Wisdom specialized in family friendly
slapstick comedy in the 1950s and 1960s.
He was known for his roles as a clumsy
underdog battling against adversity. He
also acted on Broadway in the 1960s, when
he was nominated for a Tony Award for his
work in the comedy Walking Happy.
His films included Trouble In Store in
1953 and The Night They Raided Minsky’s
in 1968, which he made in Hollywood.
His subsequent career was largely based
in television.
Sir Norman was known worldwide. He
was particularly beloved in Albania where
he was so revered that he was given the
freedom of the country’s capital, Tirana.
Hundreds of people lined the streets of
Douglas to say farewell to the comedian.
Sir Norman’s coffin was drawn through
the heart of the city on a horse-drawn
hearse. People joined the procession as it
went through the streets of Douglas and
others waited to see it arrive at the church.
A flat cap and a bouquet of flowers rested
on top of the coffin as the pall-bearers
carried it through the doors. More than
600 people, including family, friends and
celebrities, packed into the church for the
Sir Norman’s son Nicholas Wisdom
paid tribute to his father during the service.
He said: “He was a very caring and loving
father, always greeting us with a big kiss
right to the end.”
Remembering one of his catchphrases,
he said: “Perhaps for his family and his
many friends and fans around the world,
they are the true ‘Lucky Little Devils’
because they shared his love and enthusi-
asm for life, which made him the unique
person he was.
separate occasions, and also had spells as
manager of Bath, Plymouth, Galatasaray,
Toronto City, Middlesbrough, Sporting
Lisbon, Kuwait and Bristol Rovers, but will
be best remembered for his time at City.
Allison spent six years as a player with
Charlton and West Ham before his career
was cut short by tuberculosis.
“Big Mal” – as he was known – always
had an eye for publicity, and was famed for
the “Lucky Fedora” he wore during one of
Crystal Palace’s Cup runs and his love of
cigars – but his later years were dogged
by ill health.
A statement on the Manchester City
website read: “Flamboyant, brilliant and
larger than life, Malcolm will be sorely
missed by everyone at the Club and be-
City paid tribute to Malcolm before
their game against Arsenal, and have also
pledged “an appropriate commemoration
to his life and work in the memorial garden
at the City of Manchester Stadium”.
Mike Summerbee, who played for City
under Allison, said he was “the greatest
coach this country ever had. And still is,
without a shadow of a doubt”.
Allison was also famous for his witty
quotes, here are a few:
“A lot of hard work went into this
“You’re not a real manager unless
you’ve been sacked.”
“John Bond has blackened my name
with his insinuations about the private
lives of football managers. Both my wives
are upset.”
Falcon Crest Actor
Simon MacCorkindale
Simon MacCorkindale, 58, the actor
who starred in the BBC series Casualty
and the US soap opera
Falcon Crest, has died
of cancer at age 58.
Publicist Max Clif-
ford said MacCorkin-
dale died October 14
of bowel cancer in a
London clinic.
MacCorkindale appeared in 59 episodes
of Falcon Crest from 1984 to 1986 as
womanizing lawyer Greg Reardon, and
took the lead in the short-lived US drama
series Manimal. In Britain, he appeared in
the long-running hospital drama Casualty
as consultant Harry Harper from 2002
to 2007.
He played Captain Georg von Trapp in
The Sound of Music on stage in London
in 2008-2009.
MacCorkindale’s first marriage to Fiona
Fullerton ended in divorce. He is survived
by his second wife and fellow actor, Susan
George. He had no children.
Former Manchester City
Manager Malcolm Allison
Malcolm Allison,
83, who coached Man-
chester City during the
1960s in the most suc-
cessful era in the club’s
history, has died.
He took charge of
Crystal Palace on two
Even Ducks Are Apparently
Into Health Food
A COUNCIL warden told off a mum who
had taken her children to feed the ducks
last month – for not giving them whole-
meal bread.
The warden told Lisa Taplin, 34, that
her white bread slices were “unhealthy”
for the birds, reported The Sun.
Taplin had taken sons Luke, four, and
Dylan, two, to a local pond near her home
in Hailsham, East Sussex. But she was
shocked when the official said giving
ducks white bread was “like feeding kids
chips every day”. She said: “I was a bit
stunned. There were loads of ducks around
us and they looked quite hungry,”
“He said it would be better to bring
wholemeal, granary or bird seed. He
walked off, leaving me feeling guilty.”
Naturalist Chris Packham, who presents
BBC’s Autumn Watch, said bread was
“not the best thing” to feed the ducks.
But he added: “I wouldn’t stop anyone
from feeding birds. We send out the mes-
sage that wildlife needs our help all the
time so it seems a bit churlish to tell people
what food to use.”
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brave and very
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cal groups talk
about a mys-
terious “them,”
an anonymous
faction of powerful people who apparently
rule the world. Alarmed, I read on. Who on
earth are them? What are them up to and
what do them want?
In order to solve this mystery, Ronson
interviewed and spent time with a variety of
interesting people including Omar Bakri, a
man who claims to be Bin Laden’s London
connection, and two types of KKK Klans-
men. Yes, apparently there are two types:
The first is the one we know and love. The
second stands vastly apart from the first
because they won’t use the N-word. Oooo,
bless ’em, I just want to pinch their cheeks.
According to their new touchy-feely leader,
Thom Robb, they are trying to revamp their
oh-so-yesterday pointy pillowcase fashion
faux pas image and become more appealing
to the masses. But that’s been done before
right? Ahem – they’re called Republicans
no? Just teasing, Republicans you’re a lovely
bunch really nothing like the KKK.
Ronson goes on to meet up with David
Icke, who thinks he’s the descendant of a
giant lizard. Don’t we all? Ronson also admits
to being Jewish in the most obvious of places
(a jihad training camp), visits powerful movie
producers in Hollywood, and gatecrashes a
bizarre hush-hush owl worshipping pagan
type ritual at Bohemian Grove attended by
the most prominent political leaders of the
world including Bush 1, Bush 2 and maybe
one day Bush 3 and 4 then Bush 7 (5 and 6
were tied up in prime time reality shows). I
must say that discovering what all these crazy
above-mentioned dudes had in common was
On the downside, the dots weren’t con-
necting. Maybe that was Ronson’s point?
I was anxiously awaiting that “AHA! I know
who rules the world” moment, but alas it
never came. Conspiracies will only cease to
be conspiracies when truths are discovered.
And in the end of Them Adventures with
Extremists, we discover that there isn’t
necessarily a small group of men that rule
the world, but that, universally, we need to
believe that there is in order to keep fighting
for our own beliefs. We all do it. We all have
groups that we are fighting against whether
it be fighting meat eaters or Peta, pro-lifers
or pro-choicers, fighting for the word of God
or the theory of evolution. Our identities are
the constructs of our beliefs; if our belief
systems are challenged, the challenger be-
comes “them.” Without “them” there is no
“us,” without “us” there is fear, and with
fear there is chaos. Well that’s my take on it
anyway. Cuppa tea anyone?
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Hall, became an international best-seller.
Remembrance And The British Flag Holder Company
By Michael Chapman
IN 1939 our dad, Ken Chapman, was at
University in London when the Second
World War broke out. He enlisted and
served in the British Army until 1946. Dad
was the Adjutant of the 4th Battalion of
the King’s Shropshire Light Infantry when
they landed at Normandy. The Battalion
saw hard action across northern France,
the Low Countries, and Germany. They
participated in the liberation of Antwerp,
Belgium, and the area around the Bergen-
Belsen camp. Onward to the capture of
the German high command in Flensburg,
Dad was the Commander of the Honor
Guard that presented the Freedom of the
City of Antwerp to Prime Minister Win-
ston Churchill in 1945. We know he was
very proud of his wartime service and of
the photos that showed him shaking hands
with Churchill.
Dad would never talk about his war
experiences but there is a short archival
passage that gives us an indication of what
he and his compatriots went through. To
paraphrase: Battalion HQ was shelled yet
again. From its new position in the centre
of the orchard, with shells rocking the
vehicle like a small craft in a heavy sea,
and with splinters tearing through the soft
upper part of the vehicle; the Half-track,
with the Adjutant, Captain Ken Chapman,
and the Signal Officer, Lieutenant Peter
Cox with the two radio operators, saw
out that terrible night. It was from this
vehicle that the all-important requests
for defensive artillery fire were made to
our gunners.
When Dad passed away in 2007, he
was interred at Pleasant Grove Cemetery
in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts.
A sea of bronze flag holders and small
United States flags honored the US vet-
erans but after some research, we found
that there wasn’t one available for British
veterans. In 2008, we formed a small group
to design and produce an appropriate flag
holder: Kenneth and Michael, the sons of
Ken Chapman; Tim Hunt, President of
the British Officers’ Club in Boston; Ann
Stevenson, Episcopal Minister; and Martha
Chapman, art teacher and professional
artist. The British Flag Holder Company
was founded.
Over the space of a few months, the
group produced a number of designs and
debated the merits of each one. Finally, we
chose one based on the British Officer’s
Club logo, including the Crown and Lion
for the British Army, the fouled anchor
for the Royal Navy, the flying eagle for
the Royal Air Force and a representation
of the Garter – all surrounded by a laurel
wreath design. Mystic Valley Foundry in
Somerville, Massachusetts produced the
pattern and cast the flag holders in heavy
bronze in time for Remembrance Day,
2009. The group did a little finishing and
assembly before each one was ready to
ship with a Union Jack flag.
To date, a small number of flag holders
have been purchased to honor veterans in
Massachusetts and New York. Making
money was never the intent – the goal is to
provide a flag holder to honor the memory
and proud service of all British veterans.
The British Flag Holder Company
wishes everyone a safe and meaning-
ful Remembrance Day. For additional
information, please visit www.britishflag-
The Perfect Gift - Anytime!
A Union Jack
~ See Page 3 ~
November 2010 Page 15
IF YOU read last month’s Great British Cars
column you will know that I didn’t reveal the
name of the car I was writing about so as to
keep you in suspense, as it were, although
I suspect many of you guessed what car I
was referring to.
I wrote that it was the best motor car that
the world had ever witnessed and was unlike-
ly ever to be surpassed. Strong claims, I know
but it’s true, the McLaren F1 is the pinnacle
of automotive accomplishment. In 1994, the
British car magazine AutoCar stated in a road
test regarding the F1, “The McLaren F1 is the
finest driving machine yet built for the public
road.” and that “The F1 will be remembered
as one of the great events in the history of
the car, and it may possibly be the fastest
production road car the world will ever see.”
The latter remark was an ambitious prediction
as all records will eventually be broken but to
this day only four cars have surpassed the F1
for top speed and these with the aid of super
or turbo-charging, at 240mph the McLaren
F1 still remains the fastest normally aspirated
road car in the world today.
The design was the brainchild of Gordon
Murray of McLaren Automotive, Woking, Sur-
rey and the idea of designing this masterpiece
came to him in 1988 whilst awaiting his flight
home from the Italian Grand Prix that year.
The race had been a bitter disappointment
to the McLaren Formula One team in which
Murray was technical director as they had
lost out to rivals Ferrari who finished first and
second. It was the twelfth race on the Formula
One calendar that year, but, having won the
previous 11 races McLaren were favorites
to win in Italy. Murray’s team went on to win
the remaining four races that year but the 100
percent record in Italy had evaded them.
Perhaps this inspired Gordon Murray to try
something different, and the McLaren F1 road
car was the result. It debuted in 1991 and
went on sale in 1992 and production ran until
1998 with a total 69 road cars and 37 track
versions being produced, the price tag was
$970,000, not cheap I agree but it has proved
a worthwhile investment for today these
cars fetch upwards of $2m. On October 29,
2008, an F1 road car (chassis number 065)
was sold at an RM Automobiles of London
auction for £2,530,000 ($4,100,000). This
was the car from the McLaren showroom on
Park Lane, London. With only 484 kilometers
on its odometer, this pristine example set a
world record for the highest price ever paid
for an F1 road car. Initially the F1 was never
intended for race track use but such was
the performance of these road cars racing
them became inevitable so came about the
Le Mans version, in fact, six of them and
all painted in Papaya Orange, in memory
and tribute to Bruce McLaren who’s racing
colors were Papaya Orange. Demand for race
versions was such that a further 31 were
produced with some of them being modified
back for street use by collectors. As for race
results, it is a long list of success, the pin-
nacle coming in 1995 at Le Mans with the
McLaren F1 taking first, third, fourth, fifth and
thirteenth places.
Having considerable knowledge in Formula
One race cars Gordon Murray used some of
the technology to produce the first complete
carbon fiber monocoque chassis structure for
a production road car. This gave the vehicle
an almost indestructible passenger compart-
ment with considerable weight savings over
more conventional materials. In fact, weight
saving is evident throughout the F1 design
resulting in only 2,341lbs for the complete
vehicle – compare this to today’s much
smaller Mini Cooper which weighs 2,546lbs.
The seating arrangement in the F1 is unique
in that it has a three seat configuration with
the driver’s seat situated in the middle of the
car with the passenger’s seats positioned at
each side and a little further aft so as to en-
able easy access for the driver to get to the
central position. With a single driver or with
two passengers this distributes the weight
evenly to keep the suspension geometry
evenly-balanced – at high speeds, with such
a lightweight car, this is extremely important.
Gull wing doors which open both outward and
up aid in access and egress for the driver and
The V12 engine is mounted rear of the
driver, the compartment of which is lined
with gold foil so as to deflect engine heat
away from this carbon fiber compartment and
eliminate stresses from severe temperature
changes. A lot of the mechanical components
of the car were covered in last month’s
column so I won’t repeat them. The tyres,
however, I didn’t mention, they are unique,
specially designed by Michelin solely for this
car with the rear ones wider than the front.
“Burning rubber” is easy with these cars,
0-60mph on the road versions takes only
3.2 seconds.
Although production stopped in 1998,
McLaren still maintains an extensive support
and service network for the F1. There are
eight authorized service centers throughout
By Joe Nicholls. Joe and Kevin McGinty can
be heard on “Sounds of Britain and Ireland”
Sundays 4-5pm on Cleveland’s WCPN 90.3FM
and www.wcpn.org).
5,19: British-American Club, Fish & chips din-
ners, 8564 Ravenna Rd, (off Rte 82) Twinsburg,
6:30-8:30pm (330) 963-6370.
5,12,19,26: West Side Irish American Club,
Irish-style dinners, 8559 Jennings Rd, Olmsted
Township, 6-9pm (216) 251-4075.
9,23: SHANO, Scottish Heritage Meetings,
Community Presbyterian Church, 5132 Mayfield
Rd, Lyndhurst. 7:30pm (330) 463-5559.
10: Calon Lan Welsh Club, Lunch Meeting,
Denny’s Restaurant, Rte 224, Boardman, 1pm
(330) 758-4202.
12,26: British-American Club, Pub Nights,
8564 Ravenna Rd, Twinsburg, 8pm, (330)
13: Cleveland Manx Society, Luncheon,
Hoggy’s Restaurant, Canal Rd, Riverview,1pm
(216) 481-2476.
13: Jaguar Club of Ohio, Night at the Races,
Northfield Park, Northfield, 7pm, (330) 753-
14: Scottish American Society, Meeting,
Akron Public Library, Akron, 3pm, (330) 882-
18: Daughters of the BE, Westminster
Chapter, meeting, Lyndhurst, 7:30pm, (440)
19: British American C of C, Link Club,
Luncheon, Mavis Winkle’s Restaurant, Rock-
side Rd at I-77, Independence,11:30am (216)
St George’s Society of New York
4: Bonfire Night Cocktails. Arctica, 384 3
Ave, NYC, 6pm. Free, includes appetizers and
mulled wine on arrival. RSVP: anna.titley@
11: Remembrance Day Luncheon. India
House, One Hanover Square, NYC, 11:30am.
Following the Remembrance Day Observance
Ceremony to be held at The British Garden at
Hanover Square beginning at 10:30am. $95,
includes reception and wine with meal. Info: anna.
Play Rugby USA
7: Play Rugby Fall Culminating Tournament,
2010. Glover Field (Pelham, Westchester),
10am to 3pm. Free to program partners. Open
to elementary and middle school, equipment
provided by Play Rugby USA. please contact
christian.mayo@playrugbyusa.com for further
info or to volunteer in running the day.
10: Former New Zealand All Blacks Michael
Jones and Frano Botica coaching seminar for
High School players/teams. Location TBD.
6:30pm-8:30pm. They will be discussing the Sci-
ence of rugby, rugby careers, rugby study (AUT
one year Diploma in Rugby, two year PostGrad
– in coaching, education, playing) in Auckland,
with immersion in Club and regional rugby. Info:
11: Luncheon honoring British and American
War Veterans. The British Army Benevolent Fund
America and Saint George’s Society of New
York, at India House, New York City. Thursday,
11.30am . This will follow the Remembrance
Day Observance service to be held at the British
Gardens at 10.30am. Tickets $95, includes
reception and wine with meal. Reservations
Anna Titley (212) 682-6110 or https://shop.
11: An evening with Michael Jones and
Frano Botica. Saatchi & Saatchi, 375 Hudson
Street, NYC. VIP, $200, 6pm-7pm. General,
$75, 7pm-9:30pm. Visit www.eventbrite.com/
event/951635367 for tickets.
The American-Scottish Foundation
6: An American Scottish Picnic and Hike. John
Muir Nature Trail, Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx, New
York. Savory boxed lunches and transport from
Midtown NYC are included. 11:30am – Bus De-
parts from midtown NYC (optional) 12pm – Meet-
ing point : The Stables Parking Lot, Van Cortlandt
Park (Enter the Park at Broadway & Mosholu Ave.
Dress for the outdoors). Requested contributions
are $35 per adult and $10 per child. Email : asfe-
vents@wwbcny.com Tel (212) 605-0338.
6: The Scottish Fall Ball. St. Jean Baptiste Hall,
184 East 76th Street, NYC, 7pm. Whisky Tast-
ing, 7:30pm. Reels & Dancing. Highland Dress
or Black Tie. Tickets from $185. asfevents@
wwbcny.com (212) 605-0338.
Saint Andrew’s Society
19: 254th Annual Banquet. The Plaza Hotel,
NYC, 6:30pm.$295 per person. Contact: office@
The English-Speaking Union of New York
9: 90th Anniversary of The English-Speaking
Union of New York. 15 East 65th Street, 6:30pm.
Deborah Mitford, Duchess of Devonshire will be
discussing her new memoir Wait for Me! – a
chronicle of her remarkable life that gives an
unprecedented look at the rhythms of life inside
one of the great aristocratic families of England.
Followed by a champagne reception. $75 donation
per person. Advance reservations required. Please
call (212) 879-8200 or esuofny@aol.com
Big Apple Brits – NYC British Expats
4: Guy Fawkes & Poppy Day Fundraiser.
Klimat, 77 East 7th St, NYC, 7pm. Join Big
Apple Brits in honour of Guy Fawkes and grab
your poppy for remembrance. There will be a
entrance fee for this, but it will include dona-
tions and lots of other goodies. Enjoy the art
show also and percentage of sales will also go
back to The Royal British Legion in the UK. Info:
www.bigapplebrits.com or www.meetup.com/
19: Third Fridays Happy Hour drinks and
DJs Stone Creek Lounge, 140 East 27th St @
Lexington Ave, 6pm. Meet and mingle with British
Expats for a great night of Booze, Banter and fun.
www.bigapplebrits.com or www.meetup.com/
24: Pre Thanksgiving Drinks, 6pm. Stay-
ing in NYC for the holidays? Join Big Ap-
ple Brits for some drinks to be thankful on
this Thanksgiving eve. Drinks specials and a
great evening out with new and old friends.
Info: www.bigapplebrits.com or www.meetup.
NY Clubs and non-profit organisations
can send their calendar entries to UJ’s Anna
Titley in New York at: AnnaTitley@stgeorges-
society.org, and/or, access the UJ interactive
calendar for online listing only, and input
your own events, at: www.ujnews.com/event-
McLaren F1 Silver
the world, and McLaren will on occasion fly
a specialized technician to the owner of the
car or the service centre. All of the technicians
have undergone dedicated training in service
of the McLaren F1. In cases where major
structural damage has occurred, the car can
be returned to McLaren directly for repair.
Of the total of 106 McLaren F1 cars made,
except for a couple of prototypes which were
intentionally destroyed by McLaren Automo-
tive and one that crashed and caught fire,
they are all still in existence. Sadly most of
them are cosseted and kept in collections,
thus, hardly ever driven. There are exceptions
Rowan Atkinson (yes . . . Mr Bean) owns one
and drives it regularly.
A new 2011 version Gordon Murray
McLaren MP4-12C was unveiled this year
and will go on sale next year, a magnificent
car, yes, I’m sure it will be, but I doubt that
it will ever match what I believe is, and will
be, the very best motor car ever made – its
predecessor the F1. Fair do’s to Ferrari in
winning the 1988 F1 Italian Grand Prix, it
was a fitting tribute to Enzo Ferrari on the
first F1 Grand Prix after his death; and fair
do’s to Gordon Murray for his brilliant idea
on that day.
The bird clue I gave you last month by
the way was a Kiwi, McLaren’s original logo
and the national bird of the late great Bruce
McLaren’s New Zealand.
Happy Motoring
Page 16 November 2010
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would ask if there was a social group for
Brits in the area (Sarasota, Florida) I put
up notices in the shop stating we would
have an evening to see if there was any
interest, on Friday October 13, 2000, and
almost 50 people turned up, they were
standing and sitting on the floor as the
capacity was really only for 30. Well I am
proud and pleased to say our group has
been going strong since then, and this
past weekend we had a super knees up
to celebrate. We average about 200 in
membership, and many great friendships
have formed through the Club. We have a
lot of super social events, and help support
new transplants from the UK.
Our website is: www.SarasotaBritish-
November 5 is always a special date,
mainly for my Jack’s birthday, (or as
Ron says ‘Jack the Lad!’ and this year
we celebrate his 80
. However of course
most of us Brits know it as Guy Fawkes
day, and as my husband says “Only the
British would celebrate some guy who
wanted blow up the Houses of Parliament
for 200 plus years!!!”
Our Brit club is also having a get
together for Guy Fawkes, and although
we can’t have a bonfire or real fireworks,
we will have a Guy, sparklers, Baked
potatoes etc.
I have fond memories of Guy Fawkes
in England, and because it was usually a
cold night, we would warm up with tomato
soup, baked potatoes, and sometimes
bangers. As I got older we started adding
some plonk with rum in a warmed apple
juice (Apple juice with orange peel, cin-
namon stick and cloves)
I found two recipes in last years BBC
Good Food magazine, that I have adapted
and made, which you might like to try for
your own November; a different type of
baked beans, which is worth the effort and
not difficult. They go well served together
or with baked potatoes. Hope you enjoy
my versions.
Cheesy Rarebit Toasts:
1 sliced loaf of firm bread (I recently
discovered Wal-Mart’s English toast bread,
really good)
1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
¼ cup Parmesan cheese
1 tsp English or Dijon mustard
3 spring onions chopped
1 beaten egg
Put bread slices on a tray under the oven
grill or toaster oven grill until golden brown
on one side. Mix the remaining ingredients,
and spread evenly on the untoasted side of
the bread. Grill again until the cheese is nice
and bubbly. 6-8- servings
Bonfire Night Casserole Bake:
1 Tbsp vegetable oil ( not olive)
1 finely chopped onion
6 slices bacon, cut up
1 Tbsp tomato paste
2x 15 oz cans chopped tomatoes
2 tsp Dijon or Colman’s mustard
1/4 tsp thyme
1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2x 16oz cans cannel l i ni beans,
drained and rinsed
2 lbs good bangers if you can get them
or plain pork sausages
Water Heat the 1 Tbsp oil in a large pan.
Add the onion, and bacon and sauté several
minutes until softened. Add the tomato
paste, stir in well over low heat. Add the
tomatoes, mustard, thyme, Worcestershire
sauce and one cup water; simmer for 15-
20 minutes. Add the beans, and simmer
about 20 minutes. Heat oven to 350 F.
Lightly spray a baking sheet with Pam
spray, and spread pricked (so they don’t
burst) bangers on it, bake until browned all
over; need to turn a couple of times. Put
beans mix in a large oven proof casserole,
and add the cooked sausages, spread
around and cook for 30-45 minutes more.
8-10 servings
This is my 200
column with the Union Jack, which is very special. I had mentioned
to our esteemed editor Ron, that I had planned to retire after my 200
column and when
my cookbook I have been planning for years was done. However I plan to continue
for a bit longer, but I really will get going on getting the cookbook done, I have had
many requests for one through the years, but as John Lennon (Beatles) said “...life is
what happens when you are busy making other plans...” so true, this has been a truly
eventful year, but I see signs of being able to settle down and concentrate on the cook
book. I would like to hear from you luverly readers ( and I do so appreciate hearing
from you) what you would like to have in the way of recipes, suggestions, requests,
sharing recipes etc.
I can be reached at Yourcuppatea1@yahoo.net.
Thank you for all your interest, it is great to ‘meet’ through the internet so many people
from all over, USA, Canada and overseas, amazing how far the Union Jack goes.
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Britain Wins Big At Nobels,
But Scientists Glum
BRITAIN’S research community has just
notched two Nobels – but scientists here
aren’t in any mood to celebrate.
The country’s new coalition govern-
ment plans steep budget cuts to slash
its debt and tougher rules to control im-
migration. Researchers, including the
newly minted Nobel laureates, fear the
moves could cripple Britain’s scientific
“The world of science absolutely relies
on the efficient exchange of ideas,” Kon-
stantin Novoselov, one of two UK-based
Russians who won the Nobel prize for
physics earlier last month, told The Associ-
ated Press October 7. “If the immigration
laws for scientists were made stricter ... I
wouldn’t be here today.”
Immigration was a hot button issue
in Britain’s recent election, and officials
have pledged to dramatically reduce the
number of people making their way into
the country. As an interim measure, the
government has capped the number of
migrants from outside the European Union
allowed into Britain at 24,100. Permanent
caps are expected next year.
Martin Rees, who presides over Brit-
ain’s Royal Society, and others are pushing
officials to reconsider plans to curtail the
science budget, but making their voice
heard will be a challenge in a year in which
nearly every sector of the economy – from
defense to education – is lobbying hard to
avoid cuts.
In this sense the Nobels – awarded not
only to Novoselov and his partner Andre
Geim but also to British scientist Robert
Edwards for developing in vitro fertiliza-
tion – have been a publicity coup for Brit-
ish scientists trying to sway public opinion
over cuts and immigration. The latter
issue graced the front page of The Times,
which carried a letter by Novoselov and
seven other Nobel laureates – all of them
scientists – that asked the government to
reconsider its plans.
“The government has seen fit to intro-
duce an exception to the rules for Premier
League footballers,” the letter said. “It is a
sad reflection of our priorities as a nation if
we cannot afford the same recognition for
elite scientists and engineers.”
Visitors Spend £2.8bn On
Trips Involving Theatre
MORE THAN three million stage-struck
foreign tourists spent £2.8bn on trips
that included going to Britain’s theatres
last year, according to a new report from
Ten per cent of the 30 million overseas
travellers who came to the UK in 2009
went to a stage show – ranging from clas-
sic Shakespeare in London to experimental
fringe in Edinburgh, opera in Wales or a
glitzy London musical.
It reveals that London dominated the
theatre world with around 2.2 million
foreign tourists spending £1.9bn on trips
involving the capital’s theatres last year.
The South-East followed, attracting
235,000 foreign theatre goers. The East of
England, which features the Marina The-
atre in Lowestoft, was next with 133,000
overseas theatre goers.
Scotland, whose theatrical centres
include Glasgow’s Theatre Royal and
Edinburgh’s world famous Festival, at-
tracted 120,000. The North-West of Eng-
land, which includes Manchester’s Royal
Exchange Theatre, brought in 85,000.
Welsh theatre, which boasts Cardiff’s
Millennium Centre, attracted 30,000 and
Northern Ireland, which features Derry’s
Millenium Forum, 15,000.
Worldwide Raids In Probe Of Currency Printing Firm
BRITISH, Australian and Spanish po-
lice have carried out a series of raids as
part of an investigation into the allegedly
corrupt practices of one of the world’s
leading currency printing firms.
Britain’s Serious Fraud Office said
that officers in all three countries have
carried out a total of 16 searches and
that British police had made two arrests
as part of their probe into the workings
of Australia’s Securency International
PTY Ltd.
The company, based in Craigieburn,
north of Melbourne, is a pioneer in the
production of plastic-based bank notes,
which are more durable, cleaner and far
more difficult to fake than their paper
counterparts. Referred to as polymer
notes, they’re especially popular in hot,
humid countries where paper tends to
degrade much faster.
The technology is used in some 30
countries, including Australia, New Zea-
land, Mexico, Brazil, Singapore, Hong
Kong and Northern Ireland.
The Sydney Morning Herald reported
that officers were investigating allega-
tions that bribes had been paid to senior
politicians and banking officials by
agents or middlemen working for the
company to win contracts to produce
the polymer notes.
The UK fraud office said in a brief
statement that Securency was accused of
improperly securing contracts. Spokes-
man David Jones provided little else in
the way of detail, saying only that the
probe was being jointly led by his office
and Australian officials and that further
information was unlikely to be released
unless charges were brought.
November 2010 Page 17
F***ing People Now Upset
Over Phone Problem
Film Company
Seek Brits In
The States
UNION JACK has been contacted by an
award-winning production company in
the UK. Pulse Films (UK) are hoping to
send a small and charming team out to
the US early next year, on what will be
a fun and exciting journey.
They hope to document the lifestyles
and stories of the British. With this in
mind, Pulse are interested to hear from
any British expats, places, events or
organisations flying the flag for Britain
abroad who have a story to tell.
Those interested should email:
jane.barrie@pulsefilms.co.uk and
include a little bit about themselves;
for example:
•Where they are and what they do
in America
•How long they’ve been in America
•What they miss about Britain / Love
about Britain
•An interesting fact / story about
LAST YEAR residents of the Austrian
village of F***king complained of their
roadside signs being stolen on a regular
basis . . . usually by travelling Brits.
Today the same angry residents
in the village are being plagued by
drunken English-speaking telephone
Reports say callers are ringing at
all hours, demanding to know “Is that
F***ing”; before bursting into laughter
and then hanging up.
The problems began after tricksters
noticed residents of the village could be
found by typing the word ‘F***ing’ into
the online Austrian telephone book.
Also suffering, thanks to the service,
are the locals of the Austrian vil-
lages of “Oberf***ing” “Windpassing”,
“W***ham” and “Rottenegg”; although
it seems F***ing is the most popular
among pranksters. And now random
callers have been making life miserable
for the villagers.
Johann Maier, 56, told local media:
“It’s true; we get calls and a voice in
English asking if we are in F***ing or
is that F***ing; then there is laughter or
something; and then they hang up.”
Mayor Siegfried Hauppl said: “I
don’t know why they have to go on about
it all the time the English; we are always
in the news but we are just a little vil-
lage; we want to be left in peace.”
And he rejected any suggestion that
the village should change its name.
Statistics Reveal Britain’s ‘Mr And Mrs Average’
Westwood Not Playing On US Tour In 2011
will not take up US PGA Tour
membership next year, only go-
ing to America for the majors,
World Golf Championships and
occasional tournaments around
The 37-year-old Englishman
said last month he will put his
family first in 2011, remaining
based in Europe despite a chance
to compete for the FedEx Cup and the
$10m bonus.
“Why would you take up membership in
the States when you’ve been the most suc-
cessful player in the world this
year?” Westwood said. “When
you’ve come in second in two
major championships, you must
be doing something right. Why
not stick to the same schedule?”
Westwood, a runner-up at the
Masters and British Open, could
become only the third player to
reach No 1 without having won
a major. The others were Fred
Couples, who won the Masters a month
after reaching No 1, and David Duval, who
was No 1 in 1999 and captured the British
Open two years later.
Lee Westwood
Football, Cricket Tell WADA:
Cocaine Bans Don’t Work
THE AVERAGE man in England is 5ft
9ins tall, according to the Office for Na-
tional Statistics (ONS). A picture of the
average man and woman in Britain today
has been painted with the release of figures
by the ONS.
The average British man is 38, will live
another 41 years and is educated at least
to A-levels.
The figures – released to mark last
month’s UN World Statistics Day – show
the average British woman is two years
older and will live to 82.
The ONS’s Jil Matheson said stats “form
the backbone of democratic debate”.
Many of the figures are for the UK as a
whole but some, such as weight and height,
only relate to England and Wales.
Matheson added: “It is impossible to
open a daily newspaper or watch a news
broadcast without seeing references to
statistics on the economy, health, educa-
tion or crime.
“Every day in the UK, decisions are
made and money invested based on of-
ficial statistics.”
The average man works 39 hours a week
and earns £28,270 a year. On average,
women work less – 34 hours a week – and
earn less – £22,151.
The ONS said the average man in Eng-
land was 5ft 9in tall and weighed 13.16
stone (194lbs).
The average woman in England weighed
11 stone (154lbs) and was 5ft 3in tall.
Women living in England or Wales will
have an average of 1.96 children during
their lifetime, said the ONS.
The ONS also revealed the five grocery
items most likely to be in the average
shopping basket – a two-pint carton of
semi-skimmed milk, a pack of sliced ham,
a box of breakfast cereal, some bacon and
a bar of milk chocolate.
The average age to get married in Eng-
land and Wales was 30.8 for men and 28.8
for women but the average age for divorce
was 36.9 for men and 40.8 for women.
Consequently the typical man remarried
at 45.9, compared with 43.1 for women.
The ONS analysis also suggests it is
women who need to do more exercise.
Only 29 percent of women do the rec-
ommended amount of exercise, compared
with 39 percent of men.
One Year
THE PLAYER unions representing
footballers and cricketers in England
have called for recreational drugs to be
removed from the World Anti-Doping
Agency’s prohibited list.
Rather than punishing athletes who
test positive for cocaine and marijuana
during in-competition testing with a
two-year ban for a first offense, the
groups the focus should be on reha-
“We have to make sure that a guy
struggling with a problem can step
forward and receive help to get that
issue addressed without the possibility
of being suspended or – even worse
than that – losing his contract,” John
Bramhall, deputy chief executive of the
Professional Footballers’ Association,
told The Associated Press last month.
Ian Smith, the Professional Cricket-
ers’ Association’s legal director, agreed
that recreational drug use isn’t usually
about gaining an unfair advantage.
Bramhall wants football to be al-
lowed to address the underlying social
problems that lead to players using
party drugs.
Smith said it’s noteworthy that when
addicts go to hospital following a heroin
overdose, the medics don’t immediately
call the police.
“The first thought is to treat them,”
he said. “Why do we not do the same
thing in sport?”
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THE XIX Commonwealth Games (October
3-14) opened under controversial circum-
stances in India, but the full quota of 71
nations chasing 826 medals turned up for
a tournament of sport that Commonwealth
Federation Chief Michael Fennell called,
“truly exceptional.” Australia has topped the
medal table at these games since 1990, and
2010 proved no different as they headed the
gathered nations with 74 gold, 55 silver and
48 bronze for a total of 177 medals. India
was second with 38 gold (101 medals total)
and England third with 37 gold (142 medals).
The star of the games was Australian swim-
mer Alicia Coutts, with five gold medals and
Gagan Narang of India, who took four gold
in the shooting. Scotland took nine gold (26
total), Northern Ireland three gold (10 total)
and Wales two gold (19 total).
India had originally brushed off concerns
about the conditions at the Athletes Village
prior to the games, but within a day of the
closing ceremony Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh appointed a high level committee to
probe the allegations of corruption and mis-
management that had tainted India’s biggest
international sporting event ever.
and nailed a 15-foot putt on the
seventeenth that bought a roar
of applause. Mahan, who was
inconsolable at the ending press
conference, conceded the hole,
and McDowell’s 3 and 1 win
gave the Europeans victory.
Captain Colin Montgomerie
was thrilled at the result, but im-
mediately said he would not be
skipper for the 2012 contest in the US.
The Cigar Man, who became an internet
sensation and outshone Tiger Woods was
identified as a 30-year-old city analyst from
Wallington, near Croydon, named Rupesh
Sir Michael Stoute has won five Epsom
Derbies, three Irish Derbies, a clutch of
English classics and the Dubai World Cup,
but Europe’s richest race, the Prix de l’Arc de
Triomphe has always evaded him. That was
until last month however, where his English
Derby winner Workforce, came from the rear
to win Europe’s most prestigious horse race
by a head. Ridden by champion jockey Ryan
Moore, Workforce only took the initiative on
the turn towards home and held off a late
challenge from the Japanese horse. After
a disappointing performance in the King
George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes,
there was concern if he was capable. Result;
Workforce (6-1) Nakayama Festa (22-1)
and third, French trained Sarafina at 12-1.
Australia are touring India, prior to them
hosting the Ashes series against England.
India won the first Test at Mohali by just one
wicket. India 405 and 216-9 dec. Australia
428 (Shane Watson 126) and 192 all out.
In the second Test at Bangalore, Sachin
Tendulkar became the first man in cricket
history to hit over 14,000 Test runs and be
part of a victorious Indian side that beat the
Aussies by seven wickets and the series
2-0. Australia 478 (Marcus North 128) and
223. India 495 (Murali Vijay 139, Sachin
Tendulkar 214) and 207-3 at close.
Having lost to Pakistan in England, it’s
over 20 years since Australia have lost three
consecutive Test match.
Bangladesh won their first ODI series
against top level competition when they beat
New Zealand 4-0, in a five match series at
home. One game was abandoned because
of rain.
Andy Murray found his form at the Shang-
hai Masters, to make his fourth tournament
final of this year and take his second title. He
outplayed his old nemesis Roger Federer
6-3, 6-2 in the final, October 17. The Scot
had dispatched Chinese wild card Bai Yan,
Jeremy Chardy and Jo Wilifried Tsonga of
France, and in the semi-finals, Argentinean
Juan Monaco.
Earlier in the month at the China Open,
he took out Paul Henri Mathieu and Albert
Montanes, before being toppled by Ivan
The English rugby league side traveled to
New Zealand for the four nations tournament.
They warmed up against the NZ Maoris and
were leading 18-0 at half-time, but a sudden
collapse saw the hosts come-back to tie the
game 18-18. In another RL international, Italy
beat hosts Wales 13-6.
An exhibition game at the O2 Arena, Octo-
ber 4, produced a full-house that witnessed
the Timberwolves beat the Lakers 111-92.
Kobe Bryant played the first six minutes, and
was then taken off.
EURO 2012
October saw qualifying games for the
European Championships
Scheduled, but the was no delirious cel-
ebrations from the home nations. Disappoint-
ment for Wales in Cardiff, where an Ivelin
Popov goal three minutes after the break
gave Bulgaria a 1-0 win. At Switzerland, the
Welsh recovered from an early goal with an
equalizer by Gareth Bale in the 13
but went behind again seven minutes later.
The Swiss continued to press, which resulted
in two more goals in the last ten minutes
to give the hosts a 4-1 win, and put Bryan
Flynn’s ambition for the permanent job as
Welsh coach in jeopardy.
Scottish coach Craig Levein packed the
side with defenders for the visit to Prague
against the Czech Republic, even leaving out
striker Kenny Miller. A 69
minute netting
by Hudnik, sealed the Scots fate however,
and the hosts took the three points with 1-0
result. 51,000 gathered at Hampden Park
for the encounter with World Champions
Spain, and Scots hearts must have sunk as
David Villa put a penalty away just before
the break. Andres Iniesta added another in
the 55
minute, before Steven Naismith got
one back three minutes later. A Gerard Pique
own goal in the 65
minute put the sides
level, before Fernando llorente found the
net eleven minutes from time to give Spain a
3-2 victory. Frustrations reached temper pitch
in the final minutes when Steven Whittaker
was sent off, and the Scots ended the game
with ten men.
David Healy missed a six yard opportunity
at Windsor Park, where Northern Ireland
hosted Italy. A tough game produced a
goalless draw.
The Ulstermen traveled to the Faroe
Islands for the second game, and were a
goal down after 60 minutes in front of a
crowd under 2,000. Lyle Lafferty came to
the rescue in the 76
minute and the game
ended tied 1-1.
Most people were expecting goals at
Wembley, where England faced Montenegro.
But the determined visitors shut up shop, dug
their heels in and severely irritated an England
side looking to put in a good performance for
the fans. It was not to be. The Montenegrins
fielded a side with some European experience
and the match concluded goalless.
Italy’s game against Serbia was aban-
doned after just seven minutes of play at
Gerona, after Serb fans threw lighted flares
on to the pitch. It’s suspected that UEFA
will deal very strongly with Serbia, and the
Italians will be awarded the match and the
three points.
The US has withdrawn its application for
the 2018 World Cup and will focus its efforts
on the 2022 World Cup. In Chicago, the US
and Poland drew 2-2. Jozy Altidore and
Oguchi Onyewu were the American marks-
men. Bob Bradley showed he still looking
for that right combination when he reshuffled
the side for the friendly against Colombia in
Chester, Pennsylvania, but a goalless draw
could not have pleased him. Over the same
period of time other international friendlies
were played. Japan hosted Argentina, where
an Okazaki goal in the 18
minute gave the
Japanese their first victory in seven games.
In Abu Dhabi, an historical encounter between
Iran and Brazil, who faced each other for the
very first time. Brazil won 3-0, with goals by
Alves, Pato and Nilmar. Brazil later traveled
to Pride Park the home of Derby County, for a
friendly against Ukraine. A crowd of just over
13,000 witnessed the South Americans win
2-0. Alves and Pato were the netsmen.
British clubs kept in the hunt in during
two Champions League Group games last
month. Late September, a Steven Naismith
goal in the 18
minute was enough to give
Rangers victory at the Ibrox over Turkish
side Bursapor. Manchester United prevailed
at Valencia with the only goal of the match
courtesy of Javiar Hernandez. Rafael van
der Vaart opened the scoring for Spurs
at White Hart Lane two minutes after the
break, and was sent off fourteen minutes
later. Roman Pavlyuchenko scored with two
penalties, followed by a Gareth Bale netting
that gave Tottenham a 4-1 win. John Terry
and Nicolas Anelka smashed two first half
goals at Stamford Bridge to give Chelsea
a 2-0 advantage over Marseille. Andrey
Arshavin, Marouane Chamkh and Sebastien
Squilluci gave Arsenal a 3-1 win at Partizan
October 20-21, saw more CL games. At
the Emirates Stadium, Arsenal put Shaktar
Donetsk of the Ukraine to the sword 5-1.
Alex Song, Samir Nasri, Jack Wilshere,
Maroaune Chamkh and Cesc Fabregas were
the marksmen.
In Russia, two first half goal by Yuri
Zhirkova and Nicolas Anelka gave Chelsea
a 2-0 win over Spartak Moscow. The Wayne
Rooney situation hung heavy over Man-
chester United’s home tie with Bursapor,
but a seventh minute netting by Luis Nani
gave the reds a 1-0 victory. Maurice Edu
scored for both sides at the Ibrox, where
Rangers were held 1-1 by Valencia. Edu
put a header in the Spanish goal in the 34

minute, while one minute after the break he
hit a clearance that ended in the back of the
Scots net. Spurs goalie Heurelho Gomes
was sent off in the seventh minute at San
Siro, against Inter Milan, who proceeded to
score four first half goals. Gareth Bale came
back for a hat-trick in the second half, two
of the goals coming in the final minute. Inter
Milan 4,Tottenham 3.
The Europa League games late September
30, and October 19-20, saw Manchester City
tie 1-1 against Juventus. Iaquinta had put
the Italians in front after ten minutes, while
Adam Johnson grabbed an equalizer eight
minute before half-time. The in-house fight-
ing in Liverpool’s board room has become
big news, but they hung on for 0-0 result in
Holland against FC Utrecht.
New owner John Henry witnessed his
new Liverpool club, October 22, earn another
goalless draw, this time against Napoli in Ita-
ly. Emmanuel Adebayor claimed a hat-trick
against Lech Poznan, to give Manchester
City a 3-1 win in a home game against the
Polish side.
Vitali Klitscho (41-2) sent challenger
Shannon Briggs from the ring to the hospital
in a brutal heavyweight bout for the Ukrai-
nian’s WBC crown at Hamburg, Germany,
October 16. The Florida fighter (51-6-1
- 45 KOs) and weighing in at 262lbs, put
on a brave and defiant performance but
was no match for Klitscho, who won with
a unanimous decision. Briggs is the last
American to hold a world heavyweight title,
and specifically told his manager not to throw
in the towel.
“I never gave in,” said a battered Briggs.
Vitali’s younger brother Wladimir, will
put up his IBO,WBF, and WBO world crowns
against the unbeaten British and Common-
wealth heavyweight champion Derek Chisora
in Germany, December 11. Wladimir Klitscho
(55-4) and his brother are running out of
competition, but are keen to stay active.
Chisora, a former Zimbabwean national, has
won all fourteen of his fights, and took the
British title off veteran Danny Williams.
Just two races are left in the Formula One
championship, after Fernando Alonso won
the Korean Grand Prix, October 24. Lewis
Hamilton was second. Alonso leads the
driver’s table with 231pts, Mark Webber has
220, and Lewis Hamilton third with 210pts.
Races in Brazil and Abu Dhabi will conclude
the Formula One schedule this month … The
first game in Rugby League’s four nation
tournament in New Zealand, October 24, saw
England lose to New Zealand 24-10 … At
the World Gymnastic Championships in Rot-
terdam, October 16-24, Beth Tweedle scored
the gold medal in the uneven bars event …
The new FIFA rankings out last month, has
Scotland drop from 47
to 57
in the world,
while Wales, who have lost all their European
Commonwealth Games
Medals Table
(272 of 272 medal events)
Nation G S B T otal
Australia 74 55 48 177
India 38 27 36 101
England 37 59 46 142
Canada 6 17 32 75
South Africa 12 11 10 33
Kenya 12 11 9 32
Malaysia 12 10 14 36
Singapore 11 11 9 31
Nigeria 11 10 14 35
Scotland 9 10 7 26
New Zealand 6 22 8 36
Cyprus 4 3 4 11
N Ireland 3 3 4 10
Samoa 3 0 1 4
Wales 2 7 10 19
Jamaica 2 4 1 7
Pakistan 2 1 2 5
Uganda 2 0 0 2
Bahamas 1 1 3 5
Sri Lanka 1 1 1 3
Nauru 1 1 0 2
Botswana 1 0 3 4
Cayman Islands 1 0 0 1
St. Vincent 1 0 0 1
Trinidad 0 4 2 6
Cameroon 0 2 4 6
Ghana 0 1 3 4
Namibia 0 1 2 3
PNG 0 1 0 1
Seychelles 0 1 0 1
Isle of Man 0 0 2 2
Mauritius 0 0 2 2
Tonga 0 0 2 2
Bangladesh 0 0 1 1
Guyana 0 0 1 1
St Lucia 0 0 1 1
The concluding race of the 17 series of
IndyCar encounters ended at the Cafes Dos
Brazil Indy 300 in Homestead, Florida, Octo-
ber 2, where Dario Franchitti collected his
third IndyCar Championship in four years.
The race hinged on the contest between
Will Power, who led the driver’s table by 12
points, with the Scottish driver in second
place. Power grazed the wall in the 143
and could not continue. Franchitti led for 72 of
the first 100 laps, but the final laps of the race
came down to gas strategy and need to stay
out of the pits. His team-mate at Target Chip
Ganessi Racing, Scott Dixon captured the
chequered flag, but Franchitti’s eighth place
finish produced enough points to make him
the 2010 IndyCar champion. The final points
total had the Scot with 602pts, and runner-up
Will Power on 597.
Actress wife Ashley Judd smothered her
husband in kisses, while a smile that would
not go away remained prominent as the
photo-togs snapped away.
The Lothian born Scot was lauded in his
hometown where the Scotsman newpaper,
called him a role model for millions of
Rain pushed the Ryder Cup at Celtic Man-
or, Newport, October 1-4, into four days as
the Europeans edged the Americans 14½ to
13½ points, giving Europe it’s sixth victory in
the last eight encounters. Europe only needed
to win five of the final days twelve singles,
but the Americans produced a tremendous
fight back with the result hinging on the final
game of the final day. US Open champion
Graeme McDowell and Hunter Mahan were
the combatants.
The Northern Irelander birdied the sixteenth
Championship qualifiers are listed as 104
Northern Ireland are ranked 41
. England
is ranked at sixth.
The first Old Firm encounter of the season
at Parkhead, October 24, saw Rangers win
3-1, and bring to an end Celtic’s one hundred
per-cent start to the year, where they had not
give a point away in eight games. 58,000 plus
witnessed Celtic harassing the Ranger’s goal
late in the first half, that produced a series
of corners, that resulted in Gary Hooper
putting the hoops ahead on the break. Four
minutes in to the second half, Glenn Loovens
found his own net and the score was level.
Kenny Miller made it 2-1 in the 55
and when Kirk Broadfoot went down in the
box (Celtic claimed it was dive) in the 67

minute, Miller put the penalty away for a
Rangers victory.
Beside Rangers, Berwick Rangers of divi-
sion three are the only other unbeaten side in
the Scottish league, having gone nine games
without defeat by mid-October.
The second round of the Scottish Cup,
October 23, saw the junior clubs and the
division three sides mix it up for a series of
goal-feasts. Division Three leaders Stran-
raer, clobbered St Cuthberts Wanderers
9-0, which included hat-tricks from Craig
Malcolm and Armand One. Beith slammed
Glasgow University 8-1, and Buckie Thistle
won 7-1 at Wigtown & Bladnoch. Junior side
Bo’Ness ousted league club Queens Park
2-1 at home, while Sunnybank overcame
Albion Rovers at Cliftonhill, with the only
goal of the game.
Solution to Sudoku puzzle on page 16.
United Buy Nobby’s World Cup
Medal For Record Amount
A 1966 WORLD Cup winners’ medal
belonging to England player Nobby
Stiles was bought for a record-break-
ing sum by his former club.
Manchester United paid £188,200
for the medal at an auction of foot-
ball memorabilia in Edinburgh. The
price trumped the £165,000 fetched
by team-mate Alan Ball’s own World
Cup medal five years ago.
Stiles, 68, made a total of £424,438
from his collection during last month’s
Manchester United bought several
of the 45 lots, which a representative
from Convery Auctions said would be
displayed in the club’s museum.
Stiles said he had intended to leave
the mementoes to his children, but
decided to sell them after being un-
able to divide them up between his
three sons.
Also sold was the defender’s football
cap from the famous 1966 final, which
fetched £35,287.
Stiles’ European Cup winners’
medal from 1968 and the blue shirt
he wore during the triumphant match
against Benfica went for £49,402 and
£30,582 respectively.
The footballer, who suffered a
stroke in June, told the BBC: “It was
always my intention to leave the entire
collection to my children.
“But I have three sons – how do you
fairly divide up this sort of collection
between them?
“They have each selected some
pieces they would like to keep for
The sale also featured the shirt worn
by Alan Ball during the 1966 World
Cup final against West Germany.
It fetched £51,755, Convery Auc-
tions said.
A spokeswoman said there had been
interest in the sale from around the
world, including Australia, Chile and
the Far East.
Nobby celebrates with England
captain Bobby Moore after their
1966 World Cup victory.
Arsenal – The Gunners jumped
into a three-way tie for second by
beating 10-man Manchester City,
3-0, with goals by Samir Nasri,
Alex Song, and Niklas Bendtner. Nasri and
Maruoane Chamakh scored on either side of
halftime to down Birmingham, 2-1.
Aston Villa – In three matches,
Villa managed just one goal -- by
Marc Albrighton -- and one point
in a 0-0 draw with Chelsea during
which keeper Brad Friedel and his team-
mates performed stoutly. Albrighton’s goal
provided a 1-0 lead at Tottenham that Villa
let slip away.
Birmingham City – Nikola Zigic
scored his second goal in as many
games as City downed Blackpool,
2-0, to give Alex McLeish his 50th
win as Birmingham manager. Zigic
also scored in a 2-1 loss at Arsenal that fol-
lowed a worrying 2-0 home defeat against
Blackburn – Rovers struggled
through three matches without
scoring a goal; an own goal ac-
counted for their score in a 2-1
loss at Liverpool. Captain Christopher Samba
was sent off in first-half stoppage time and
Rovers held on grimly to secure a 0-0 home
draw with Sunderland.
Blackpool – Charlie Adam
tucked away a penalty and Luke
Varney banged home a flick from
Gary Taylor-Fletcher seconds
before the halftime whistle to give the Seasid-
ers a lead at Anfield that they held for a 2-1
win. Marlon Harewood and Taylor-Fletcher
were the scorers in a 3-2 home loss to
Manchester City.
Bolton – Ivan Klasnic scored
a winner in stoppage time to
down Stoke City, 2-1, and Johan
El mander’s equal izer midway
through the second half secured
a 1-1 draw at Wigan. Wanderers took five
points from their three matches in October.
Chelsea – A screaming free kick from
Alex in the 85
minute clinched
a 2-0 home triumph over Arsenal
in which Didier Drogba opened the
scoring shortly before halftime.
Florent Malouda and Salomon Kalou got the
goals in a 2-0 defeat of Wolves.
Everton – Tim Cahill and Mikel
Arteta tallied on either side of
halftime in the 214
derby that the Toffees won, 2-0.
Leighton Baines’ goal in the 17
minute stood
up for a 1-1 draw at Spurs.
Fulham – Diomansy Kamara,
starting his first game in nearly
a year, scored on the half-hour
against Spurs, but the Cottag-
ers conceded an equalizer a minute later
and stumbled to a 2-1 home defeat. Clint
Dempsey’s goal secured a 1-1 draw at
West Ham.
Liverpool – Representatives
of New England Sports Ventures
were on hand to see their newest
purchase lose, 2-0, at Everton,
yet they stayed in town long
enough to see Fernando Torres score the
winner in a 2-1 defeat of Blackburn that ended
an seven-match winless streak.
Manchester City – Carlos
Tevez scored twice within 10
minutes and David Silva struck in
stoppage time for a dramatic 3-2
win at Blackpool. A red card to
Dedrucl Bpuata in the fifth minute opened the
doors for Arsenal to pound out a 3-0 win.
Manchester United – Javier
Hernandez took over for the in-
jured/disgruntled Wayne Rooney
to score both goals, including an
minute winner, in a 2-1 triumph at Stoke
City. Rooney signed a new five-year contract
a few days after declaring his intent to leave
the club. The defeat of Stoke ended a run of
three straight draws.
Newcastle United – Goals
by Kevin Nolan and Andrew
Carroll brought the Magpies
back from a 1-0 deficit at West
Ham to win, 2-1. Carroll was
charged with an assault of his ex-girlfriend
and lost his car to an apparent case of ar-
son but set aside his personal troubles long
enough to score the winning goal.
Stoke City – Jonathan Walters
scored his first Premier League
goal for Stoke against his former
club in a 1-0 defeat of Blackburn.
Rory Delap hit the net in a 2-1 defeat at Bol-
ton, and Tuncay Sanli’s goal was wasted in a
2-1 home loss to Manchester United.
Sunderland – The Black
Cats went goalless in three
straight matches, yet came
away with 0-0 draws against
Manchester United and Blackburn, and a 1-0
defeat of Aston Villa thanks to an own goal.
Tottenham – Rafael van der
Vaart scored just three minutes
after Spurs fell behind Everton yet
couldn’t score again in the ensuing
70 minutes and ended up with a
1-1 draw. Van der Vaart set up an
equalizer for Roman Pavlyuchenko and Tom
Huddestone scored a controversial winner in
the 63
minute for a 2-1 victory at Fulham.
West Bromwich Albion – The
Baggies overcame an early own
goal by keeper Scott Carson to beat
Fulham, 2-1, with goals by Yous-
souf Mulumbu and Marc-Antoine Fortune.
They also rallied from two goals down to draw
Manchester United, 2-2, with an opportunistic
tally by Somen Tchoyi and an own goal.
West Ham United – Carlton
Cole’s goal in the 12
evaporated in a 2-1 home loss
to Newcastle. Mark Noble’s pen-
alty kick secured a 1-1 draw at Wolves in a
matchup of the bottom two teams.
Wigan Athletic – Hugo Rodal-
lega’s equalizer midway through
the second half notched a 1-1
home draw with Bolton. Goals
by Charles N’Zogbia 10 minutes apart pro-
vided a 2-0 lead at Newcastle that the Latics
squandered (2-2).
Wolverhampton – Matt Jarvis
scored in the 10
minute to give
Wolves an early 1-0 lead over
West Ham that Wolves couldn’t
hold (1-1). A 2-0 loss at Chelsea left Wolves
still winless in league play since the first day
of the season.
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Fourth Round
Newcastle 0, Arsenal 4; Birmingham 1, Brentford 1
(Birmingham 4-3 pens)
Wigan 3,Swansea 1; Aston Villa 2, Burnley 1 (aet);
Leicester 1, West Brom 4; Man United 3, Wolves 2;
West Ham 3, Stoke 1 (aet); Ipswich 3, Northampton 1
(Draw to be held October 30)
Third Round
(To be played November 20)
Peterhead v Cowdenbeath; Ross County v Deveronvale;
East Fife v Forfar Athletic; Bo’ness United v Buckie Thistle;
Spartans v Forres Mechs or East Strlngshre;
Stirling Albion v Partick Thistle; Cove Rangers v Berwick Rangers;
Stenhousemuir v Threave Rovers;
Brechin City v Preston A or Annan A; Airdrie United v Beith;
Dumbarton v Greenock Morton; Alloa Athletic v Raith Rovers;
Montrose or Arbroath v Whitehill Wlfr or Wick Ac;
Ayr United v Sunnybank; Elgin City v Livingston;
Stranraer v Golspie Stherlnd or Girvan

St Johnston 2, Celtic 3 Motherwell 1, Dundee Utd 0;
Kilmarnock 0, Rangers 2; Aberdeen 2, Falkirk 1
(Draw to be held October 29)
British Teams
– Tuesday, October 19 –
Group F
Marseille 1, MSK Zilina 0; Spartak Moscow 0, Chelsea 2
Group H
Arsenal 5, Shakhtar Donetsk 1; Braga 2, Partizan Belgrade 0
Wednesday, October 20
Group A
FC Twente 1, Werder Bremen 1; Inter 4, Tottenham 3
Group C
Man Utd 1, Bursaspor 0; Rangers 1, Valencia 1–
Tuesday, November 2 –
Group A
Tottenham v Inter Milan; Werder v FC Twente
Group C
Bursaspor v Man Utd; Valencia v Rangers
– Wednesday, November 3 –
Group F
Chelsea v Spartak Moscow; MSK Zilina v Marseille
Group H
Partizan Belgrade v Braga; Shakhtar Donetsk v Arsenal
– Tuesday, November 23 –
Group F
Chelsea v MSK Zilina; Spartak Moscow v Marseille
Group H
Braga v Arsenal; Partizan Belgrade v Shakhtar Donetsk
– Wednesday, November 24 –
Group A
Inter v FC Twente; Tottenham v Werder
Group C
Rangers v Man Utd; Valencia v Bursaspor
Group A
P W D L F A Pts
Inter Milan 3 2 1 0 10 5 7
Tottenham 3 1 1 1 9 7 4
Werder Bremen 3 0 2 1 3 7 1
FC Twente 3 0 2 1 4 7 2
Group C
P W D L F A Pts
Man United 3 2 1 0 2 0 7
Rangers 3 1 2 0 2 1 5
Valencia 3 1 1 1 5 2 4
Bursaspor 3 0 0 3 0 6 0
Group F
P W D L F A Pts
Chelsea 3 3 0 0 8 1 9
Spartak Moscow 3 2 0 1 4 2 6
Marseille 3 1 0 2 1 3 3
MSK Zilina 3 0 0 3 1 8 0
Group H
P W D L F A Pts
Arsenal 3 3 0 0 14 2 9
Shakhtar Donetsk 3 2 0 1 5 5 6
Braga 3 1 0 2 2 9 3
Partizan 3 0 0 3 1 6 0
British Teams
Thursday, October 21
Man City 3, Lech Poznan 1; Napoli 0, Liverpool 2
– Thursday, November 4 –
Group A
Juve v Red Bull Salzburg; Lech Poznan v Man City
Group K
Liverpool v Napoli
Group A
P W D L F A Pts
Man City 3 2 1 0 6 2 7
Lech Poznan 3 1 1 1 6 6 4
Juventus 3 0 3 0 5 5 3
Salzburg 3 0 1 2 1 5 1
Group K
P W D L F A Pts
Liverpool 3 1 2 0 4 1 5
Napoli 3 0 3 0 3 3 3
Utrecht 3 0 3 0 1 1 3
S Bucharest 3 0 2 1 5 8 2
Ferguson Absolves Rooney
Over Contract Controversy
MANCHESTER United manager Alex
Ferguson has cleared Wayne Rooney of
any blame for last month’s uncertainty
over his future at the club.
After watching his team move up to
third place in the Premier League with a
2-1 win at Stoke on the injured Rooney’s
25th birthday, Ferguson said that player
agents were solely to blame when players
agitated for a transfer.
Rooney seemed ready to leave Old
Trafford when he questioned the club’s
ability to sign leading players and the club
announced that he had refused to sign a
new contract. But the England striker
eventually signed a new five-year contract
to replace a deal that was set to expire at the
end of next season, reportedly more than
doubling his previous salary of £90,000
($141,650) a week.
“There are always issues to deal with,”
Ferguson said. “When your top players
come towards the end of their contracts
you have to do something to get them a
new one. They are all the same. You have
to deal with agents of this world today,
which is difficult.
“The players are no problem. There
is no problem with players. Some agents
are difficult.”
Rooney’s agent, Paul Stretford, has
been widely criticized in the British media
for what has been perceived as a flirtation
with United’s rich neighbor, Manchester
Sir Alex and Wayne Rooney.
– Monday, November 1 –
Blackpool v West Brom
– Saturday, November 6 –
Birmingham v West Ham; Blackburn v Wigan Athletic;
Blackpool v Everton; Bolton v Tottenham;
Fulham v Aston Villa; Man Utd v Wolves;
Sunderland v Stoke City
– Sunday, November 7 –
Arsenal v Newcastle; Liverpool v Chelsea;
West Brom v Man City
– Tuesday, November 9 –
Stoke City v Birmingham; Tottenham v Sunderland
– Wednesday, November 10 –
Aston Villa v Blackpool; Chelsea v Fulham;
Everton v Bolton; Man City v Man Utd;
Newcastle v Blackburn; West Ham v West Brom;
Wigan Athletic v Liverpool; Wolves v Arsenal
– Saturday, November 13 –
Aston Villa v Man Utd; Man City v Birmingham;
Newcastle v Fulham; Stoke City v Liverpool;
Tottenham v Blackburn; est Ham v Blackpool;
Wigan Athletic v West Brom; Wolves v Bolton
– Sunday, November 14 –
Chelsea v Sunderland; Everton v Arsenal
– Saturday, November 20 –
Arsenal v Tottenham; Birmingham v Chelsea;
Blackpool v Wolves; Bolton v Newcastle;
Liverpool v West Ham; Man Utd v Wigan Athletic;
West Brom v Stoke City
– Sunday, November 21 –
Blackburn v Aston Villa; Fulham v Man City
– Monday, November 22 –
Sunderland v Everton
– Saturday, November 27 –
Aston Villa v Arsenal; Bolton v Blackpool;
Everton v West Brom; Fulham v Birmingham;
Man Utd v Blackburn; Stoke City v Man City;
West Ham v Wigan Athletic; Wolves v Sunderland
– Sunday, November 28 –
Newcastle v Chelsea; Tottenham v Liverpool
P W D L F A Pts GD
Chelsea 9 7 1 1 25 2 22 +23
Arsenal 9 5 2 2 21 10 17 +11
Man Utd 9 4 5 0 20 12 17 +8
Man City 9 5 2 2 12 8 17 +4
Tottenham 9 4 3 2 11 8 15 +3
West Brom 9 4 3 2 13 15 15 -2
Sunderland 9 2 6 1 8 7 12 +1
Bolton 9 2 6 1 13 13 12 0
Newcastle 9 3 2 4 14 13 11 +1
Aston Villa 9 3 2 4 9 13 11 -4
Everton 9 2 4 3 9 8 10 +1
Birmingham 9 2 4 3 10 12 10 -2
Stoke 9 3 1 5 10 13 10 -3
Blackpool 9 3 1 5 13 20 10 -7
Wigan 9 2 4 3 7 16 10 -9
Fulham 9 1 6 2 10 11 9 -1
Blackburn 9 2 3 4 8 10 9 -2
Liverpool 9 2 3 4 9 14 9 -5
Wolves 9 1 3 5 8 15 6 -7
West Ham 9 1 3 5 7 17 6 -10
P W D L F A Pts GD
QPR 13 8 5 0 25 4 29 +21
Cardiff 13 9 2 2 25 11 29 +14
Swansea 13 7 2 4 17 12 23 +5
Norwich 13 7 2 4 19 15 23 +4
Watford 13 6 3 4 25 18 21 +7
Coventry 13 6 3 4 20 16 21 +4
Burnley 13 5 5 3 21 15 20 +6
Reading 13 5 4 4 18 11 19 +7
Millwall 13 5 4 4 18 15 19 +3
Nottm Forest 13 4 7 2 15 12 19 +3
Doncaster 13 5 4 4 20 19 19 +1
Derby 13 5 3 5 21 16 18 +5
Portsmouth 13 5 3 5 19 18 18 +1
Ipswich 13 5 3 5 15 15 18 0
Scunthorpe 13 5 2 6 17 17 17 0
Leeds 13 5 2 6 19 25 17 -6
Barnsley 13 4 3 6 17 24 15 -7
Sheff Utd 13 4 3 6 9 17 15 -8
Hull 13 3 4 6 9 17 13 -8
Preston 13 4 1 8 20 29 13 -9
Leicester 13 3 3 7 16 27 12 -11
Middlesbro 13 3 2 8 12 22 11 -10
C Palace 13 3 2 8 14 25 11 -11
Bristol C 13 2 4 7 12 23 10 -11
P W D L F A Pts GD
Brighton 13 8 4 1 21 8 28 +13
Bournemouth 13 6 4 3 27 15 22 +12
Peterborough 13 7 1 5 29 24 22 +5
Sheff Wed 13 6 3 4 17 8 21 +9
Huddersfield 13 6 2 5 22 17 20 +5
Colchester 13 4 8 1 16 14 20 +2
MK Dons 13 6 2 5 16 16 20 0
Carlisle 13 5 4 4 18 12 19 +6
Rochdale 13 5 4 4 20 15 19 +5
Charlton 13 5 4 4 18 20 19 -2
Exeter 13 5 4 4 18 20 19 -2
Bristol R 13 5 4 4 16 18 19 -2
Oldham 13 4 6 3 17 15 18 +2
Southampton 13 5 3 5 13 11 18 +2
Swindon 13 4 4 5 20 21 16 -1
Notts Co 13 5 1 7 18 21 16 -3
Plymouth 13 4 4 5 15 20 16 -5
Hartlepool 13 4 4 5 13 19 16 -6
Brentford 13 4 3 6 12 15 15 -3
Yeovil 13 4 2 7 12 22 14 -10
Leyton Orient 13 3 4 6 14 17 13 -3
Tranmere 13 3 4 6 13 21 13 -8
Walsall 13 3 2 8 14 21 11 -7
Dag & Red 13 2 5 6 14 23 11 -9
P W D L F A Pts GD
Chesterfield 13 8 4 1 29 17 28 +12
Port Vale 13 7 4 2 17 7 25 +10
Bury 13 7 4 2 25 17 25 +8
Rotherham 13 6 5 2 25 18 23 +7
Shrewsbury 13 6 3 4 21 14 21 +7
Wycombe 13 5 6 2 20 14 21 +6
Crewe 13 4 7 2 30 18 19 +12
Stevenage 13 4 6 3 15 12 18 +3
Aldershot 13 4 6 3 11 12 18 -1
Cheltenham 13 5 3 5 17 22 18 -5
Oxford 13 4 5 4 16 11 17 +5
Burton 13 4 5 4 18 14 17 +4
Torquay 13 4 5 4 19 16 17 +3
Accrington 13 3 7 3 19 16 16 +3
Gillingham 13 3 6 4 16 18 15 -2
Stockport 13 3 6 4 14 18 15 -4
Macclesfield 13 4 3 6 15 20 15 -5
Southend 13 4 2 7 14 17 14 -3
Morecambe 13 3 5 5 13 21 14 -8
Bradford 13 4 2 7 9 17 14 -8
Lincoln 13 3 3 7 7 15 12 -8
Barnet 13 3 3 7 14 26 12 -12
Northampton 13 2 4 7 13 22 10 -9
Hereford 13 2 4 7 10 25 10 -15
P W D L F A Pts GD
Rangers 9 9 0 0 25 8 27 +17
Celtic 9 8 0 1 19 7 24 +12
Motherwell 9 5 1 3 14 11 16 +3
Hearts 9 4 2 3 14 10 14 +4
Inverness CT 9 4 2 3 13 9 14 +4
St Johnstone 9 3 2 4 9 10 11 -1
Dundee Utd 9 3 2 4 10 16 11 -6
Aberdeen 9 3 1 5 13 13 10 0
Hibernian 9 2 2 5 10 17 8 -7
Kilmarnock 9 2 1 6 10 14 7 -4
Hamilton 9 1 3 5 9 20 6 -11
St Mirren 9 1 2 6 8 19 5 -11
P W D L F A Pts GD
Raith 10 7 2 1 15 5 23 +10
Dunfermline 10 7 1 2 20 11 22 +9
Falkirk 10 6 0 4 20 10 18 +10
Dundee 10 3 4 3 10 10 13 0
Queen of Sth 10 4 1 5 13 16 13 -3
Cowdenbeath 10 4 1 5 15 20 13 -5
Stirling 10 3 3 4 12 18 12 -6
Morton 10 2 3 5 9 11 9 -2
Ross County 10 2 3 5 7 11 9 -4
Partick 10 3 0 7 9 18 9 -9
P W D L F A Pts GD
Brechin 10 6 3 1 21 11 21 +10
Livingston 10 6 3 1 19 11 21 +8
Alloa 10 5 2 3 17 14 17 +3
Ayr 10 5 2 3 16 17 17 -1
Forfar 10 5 1 4 20 17 16 +3
Airdrie Utd 10 3 4 3 18 17 13 +1
Stenh’semuir 10 3 2 5 13 13 11 0
East Fife 10 2 3 5 21 21 9 0
Peterhead 10 2 3 5 10 15 9 -5
Dumbarton 10 1 1 8 5 24 4 -19
P W D L F A Pts GD
Stranraer 10 5 4 1 21 15 19 +6
Annan 9 5 3 1 18 9 18 +9
Berwick 9 4 5 0 23 11 17 +12
Albion 9 5 2 2 17 14 17 +3
Elgin City 10 4 1 5 18 23 13 -5
Arbroath 10 4 1 5 16 24 13 -8
Montrose 10 3 3 4 23 17 12 +6
Queen’s Park 10 3 0 7 13 16 9 -3
East Stirling 10 2 2 6 5 12 8 -7
Clyde 9 1 3 5 9 22 6 -13
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MOST people are just thinking
ahead to next year’s World Cup
but for Andy Irvine, the focus is
on 2013. Irvine won 51 caps
in 1972-82 and is regarded by
many as Scotland’s greatest-
ever fullback, ahead even of
Gavin Hastings.
He has now been appointed tour manager
for the British and Irish Lion’ tour of Australia
three years hence. He has confirmed that Ian
McGeechan is in the running for the head
coach position despite announcing that his
last trip fifteen months ago to South Africa
was his last. The narrowness of the Lions
defeat is apparently just one of the reasons
for McGeechan to reconsider his decision.
“He said the same thing after three of his
previous trips,” Irvine revealed. “He’s back
in touch...as performance director at Bath.
He’s a Lion to his core. If he throws his
hat into the ring he’ll certainly come under
The key to the job is the amount of time a
coach needs to spend in preparation. Mindful
of the fate of the 2001 Lions, arguably the
strongest side to leave these shores yet white-
washed by an Aussie team past its best, the
Lions Board wants its next coach to devote at
least 18 months on a full-time basis.
Such a timetable means that the success-
ful candidate would be taking up the reins
immediately after next year’s World Cup. It
is unlikely the Welsh would release Warren
Gatland whose services they value highly
enough to tie him down to a contract that
runs out in 2015.
Irvine was keen to stress that he has
started his quest for a coach with a clean
sheet but indicated that it would be difficult
for any coach to commit to the job while also
heading up a national side. Thus McGeechan
seems a likely choice.
Argentina Want Their Lions Share
Irvine also feels that it would be disre-
spectful for the Lions to continue to ignore
the claims of Argentina once the the current
roster with Australia, New Zealand and South
Africa comes to an end in 2017.
Argentina could hardly claim a tour to
themselves because they do not have a suf-
ficiently strong home-based league system
to offer the Lions a ten-match schedule.
Moreover, the existing Lions’ hosts would be
furious if they found themselves
on a 16-year cycle. The best
the Pumas can expect in the
first quarter of the century is a
one-off home Test in 2021. You
heard it first here!
Other Candidates
The other candidates for the
job are Martin Johnson, Andy
Robinson and Declan Kidney.
Johnson has led the Lions twice as a player
and should England do badly at the World Cup,
he would definitely be fancied for the post. Rob-
inson has made a good start in Scotland, and
has toured three times with the Lions, once as
a flanker and twice as assistant coach. Kidney
won the Ireland’s first Grand Slam last year
but has a low profile on the British mainland.
A good year for Ireland in the next Six Nations
could swing it for him.
Gatland Angry With Premier League
Warren Gatland is furious at the official
line being taken by England’s Premier League
over the release of Welsh players before the
World Cup. Players like Dwayne Peel and
Andy Powell (he of the golf-buggy) will not
be able to play for their country until August
4, four days before Wales’s first warm-up
match against England.
The Premier League hotly deny prejudice
against Wales stating that the International
Rugby Board only insist on internationals
being freed 35 days before a tournament
begins – or August 4.
Team News For Autumn Series
Finally, watch out for a couple of promis-
ing youngsters in the Welsh squad for the
autumn internationals: prop Scott Andrews
and winger George North. A couple of long-
serving Irish players have been omitted from
the autumn series: Geordan Murphy and
Gerry Flannery. Jonny Wilkinson the Toulon
flyhalf, reported for England duty injured
and Charlie Hodgson had to be called up as
cover for him.
Former rugby league star, Sonny Bill
Williams, will be touring the British Isles this
month. New Zealand head coach Graham
Henry has denied that Sonny is a mercenary.
In fact, the 25-year-old took a substantial pay
cut to fulfil his lifelong dream of becoming an
All Black. He switched codes in 2008, leaving
the Australian side Canterbury Bulldogs to
take up a well-paid contract with Toulon.
Blatter: English Are Leaders
On Stadium Security
FIFA PRESIDENT Sepp Blatter says the
crowd trouble that marred the Italy-Serbia
game would not have occurred had officials
adopted the type of anti-hooligan measures
present in England.
The European Championship qualifier in
Genoa was abandoned after seven minutes
on Tuesday when Serbia fans threw flares
and fireworks onto the pitch and sliced
through a mesh fence.
Blatter commented on the violence
Wednesday after meeting with British Prime
Minister David Cameron to discuss England’s
bid to host the 2018 World Cup.
After major trouble with hooligans in the
1980s, England turned all its top stadiums
into all-seater arenas without fences around
the pitch.
Blatter says “if this had been the case (in
Italy) we would not have had the problems
we had in Genoa.”
Coca-Cola Takes Rooney Off
Cans After Allegations
COCA-COLA will no longer use Wayne
Rooney’s image on cans and bottles fol-
lowing allegations over the England striker’s
private life.
Following newspaper allegations that he
cheated on his then-pregnant wife with a
prostitute, Coca-Cola says it “did not feel it
was appropriate” to keep using his image to
promote Coke Zero.
But the world’s largest soft drink maker
added that it will continue to use the Man-
chester United player for other forms of
Middlesbrough Hires
Mowbray As Manager
TONY MOWBRAY has been hired as the
new manager of League Championship club
The former Celtic and West Bromwich
Albion manager replaces Gordon Strachan,
who resigned from the post on October
18 following the team’s poor start to the
The 46-year-old Mowbray, who captained
Middlesbrough during a nine-year spell at
the club between 1982-91, also succeeded
Strachan at Celtic 16 months ago.
Middlesbrough started this season among
the favorites to be promoted to the Premier
League but is currently in the second tier’s
relegation zone, on 11 points from 13
Blackburn: Sale Could Be
Complete Next Month
BLACKBURN says the sale of the club to
Indian-based conglomerate Venkys could be
completed next month.
The Premier League club says it has held
a series of meetings with the group, which
specializes in poultry farming and pharma-
ceuticals. A Blackburn statement says “both
parties are hopeful that the transaction will
be completed in November.”
Venkys would be the first Indian company
to purchase a club in England’s top division.
Venkys chairperson Anuradha J Desai says
the company is delighted to be negotiating with
Blackburn Rovers “with whom we believe we
have many shared values and ambitions.”
Portsmouth Sold To Chainrai
After Administration
PORTSMOUTH has exi ted bankruptcy
protection and was bought last month by
three businessmen, including former owner
Balram Chainrai.
The League Championship club had
said it was on the verge of liquidation.
However, a day after resolving a claim for
£2.2m by former owner Sacha Gaydamak,
Portsmouth announced that its immediate
future is secure.
Portsmouth was relegated from the Pre-
mier League last season after its debt forced
it to sell its star players. It had been run by
administrators since February.
Levi Kushnir and Deepak Chainrai are the
other two buyers.
Newcastle’s Carroll Found
Guilty Of Nightclub Attack
NEWCASTLE striker Andy Carroll has been
fined £1,000 and ordered to pay £2,500
in compensation for attacking a man in a
The 21-year-old Carroll pleaded guilty to
common assault at Newcastle Crown Court
last month after denying a more serious
Carroll attacked a man at Newcastle’s Blu
Bambu club on December 7. His victim was
treated at a hospital for a head injury. The
footballer was last month ordered by a different
court to stay at the family home of Newcastle
captain Kevin Nolan until January after being
charged with assaulting a former girlfriend.
While staying at Nolan’s, his parked car was
torched and destroyed.
Carroll is accused of assaulting Laurie Hen-
derson at her home but his lawyer said he will
deny the offense and claim self-defense.
Thrift Key For Liverpool’s
New American Owners
AMERICAN tycoon John Henry has
cautioned that his Boston Red Sox own-
ership group will not throw cash at reviv-
ing the fortunes of fallen English giant
Henry met with supporters and local
lawmakers last month and afterwards con-
firmed that New England Sports Ventures
would first seek to repair the ties between
the club and the community that were dam-
aged while Tom Hicks and George Gillett
Jr, the previous owners, were in control.
The urgency of the rebuilding task
facing Henry was underlined – two days
after NESV completed its £300m takeover
of Liverpool – when the team lost 2-0
at neighbor Everton. The result kept the
Reds marooned in the Premier League’s
relegation zone on just six points from
eight games.
But Henry has warned that NESV
will be frugal owners, quipping: “I
don’t have ‘Sheikh’ in front of my
“When we spend a dollar, it has
to be wisely,” he said. “We cannot
afford player contracts that do not
make long-term sense. We have to
be smart, bold, aggressive.”
So if manager Roy Hodgson
wants funds to strengthen a squad
that is currently heading toward the
second tier, the commercial depart-
ment will have to get busy.
Financial fair play rules from European
football’s governing body are designed
to end an era of so-called “financial dop-
ing” by teams with wealthy owners, like
Premier League rivals Manchester City
and Chelsea.
The UEFA regulations limit the ability
of owners to subsidize losses incurred by
paying high transfer fees and salaries –
Man City lost £121m last season – and
make them only spend what they earn from
football-related income if they want to play
in European competitions.
Owners will be allowed to cover losses
of up to a maximum of €45m over an initial
three-year spell, starting in 2012. In the
three years from 2015, just €30m in losses
can be covered.
Despite warming to the theme of thrift,
Henry insisted that he hadn’t taken the 18-
time English champions from Hicks and
Gillett Jr at a bargain price. The heavily
indebted duo, ousted in a bitter court battle
last month, plan to pursue legal action
after claiming that NESV conspired with
club directors to undervalue Liverpool to
force a sale.
Liverpool’s new owner John Henry with
Liverpool’s chairman Martin Broughton.
England Launches Bids For 2014 World Cups
THE ENGLAND Hockey Board has launched
its bid to host the men’s and women’s field
hockey World Cups in London in 2014.
If the bid is successful, they will be the
first international events to be held at the
legacy facility at the site of London’s Olympic
Park, which will be renamed Queen Elizabeth
Olympic Park after the 2012 Games.
London Mayor Boris Johnson says the bid
is “impeccable” and is “one of the ways in
which we are going to turn the Olympic Park
into a fantastic sporting legacy.”
UK Sport and Events for London will inject
close to £1.5m should the bid be success-
ful. Funding will also be provided by boxing
promoter Frank Warren.
It will be only the second time the two
tournaments are held simultaneously.

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