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Will Obama be America’s first black president?

I believe I was the first political blogger in the UK to write about Barack Obama back in January 2007. Who could have guessed then that he would sensationally snatch the Democrat presidential nomination from Hillary Clinton, and is now only days from possibly being America’s first black president. I asked then if he could end up in the White House, and I’ve asked the same question...
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Have your blogs attracted media interest?

I was out walking across the flat Fenland countryside yesterday with Geoff and Sally when Geoff had an exciting call from the Discovery Channel seeking his permission to show a YouTube video he published about the demotion of Victoria Station in Nottingham. The original film was taken by Geoff’s Uncle Ken around 1969 showing the demolition of Nottingham Victoria station, which he shot from...
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Brand and Ross’s cheap laughs cost them dear

BBC bosses could not ignore the one story which has this week hijacked all major global news stories in the British media – the  revolting Brand-Ross prank call. It displaced the credit crunch, the Peter Mandelson/George  Osborne Corfu scandal and , as well as the looming American presidential elections, from the front pages of our national newspapers. It caused a national outrage. The...
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Have you sought a second opinion?

Have you ever sought a second medical opinion? This story in The Mail describes how seeking a second opinion saved the lives of patients who were incorrectly diagnosed, including a woman whose mouth cancer was dismissed as post-natal depression, while a patient with a brain tumour was thought to have a virus. It is worrying reading. But on the whole, our doctors do their best, and we have to...
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Will government pardon heroic Norfolk man hanged for treason?

The world is full of past injustices, but can they be put right centuries later by our present politicians? Norwich North MP Ian Gibson is today leading a debate in the House of Commons hoping to overturn the conviction of Norfolk hero Robert Kett, who was executed for treason in 1549 after fighting off the advances of a royal army with his 16,000 men. It happened because the men were starving....
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My 2am football call

I thought the worst when the phone rang at 2am yesterday. I knew it wasn’t my mother as she was staying with me for the weekend. Could it be my elderly in-laws, I wondered? Or a friend in desperate need? No, it was none of those. It was my son David ringing from Hull where he is at university to ask if we had heard about Ramos being sacked as manager of Tottenham Hotspur, his favourite...
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Could you stay silent all day?

Unbelievably, James has offered to do a sponsored silence at school today to boost funds for his school prom. Four of his teachers are coughing up cash if James can keep his lips zipped all day. This will indeed be a first, not that I believe “children should be seen and not heard.” But there is a certain novelty value in James accomplishing this personal challenge as it goes against...
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Mixed blessings for Question Time tonight

I bet Question Time is kicking itself for not taking up the offer of having Tony McNulty on its illustrious panel tonight. He was suggested as a last ditch replacement for the new immigration minister Phil Woolas, who was barred by Home Secretary Jacki Smith for making controversial comments about asylum and immigration. Up until the recent reshuffle, McNulty was a Home Office minister in charge...
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Fish and chip suppers given a boost

Fish and chip suppers have been given a boost following an announcement by the European Parliament to reform the failing 2004 cod recovery plan. The plan was intended to help boost depleted stocks of white fish, but has been ineffective and had a ruinous effect on the fishing industry. It meant that fishermen were forced to throw back, or discard, tonnes of healthy fish when they were abundant...
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That elusive search for Mr Right

Marrying young can work – my mother was only 16 and had  known my father a short while before their wedding in war-torn Greece. What is tragic about Peaches Geldof is her bleak description of marriage today. The 19-year-old married three months ago in a Las Vegas chapel to musician Max Drummey, a man she had only dated for a week, having only met him the month before. She said: “You...
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Women aid workers who risk their lives

I call it a cowardly attack of the worst kind. Two men on a motor bike pull up alongside a woman on her way to work, one of them jumps off and shoots her at close range. She was defenceless and unarmed. Her crime was to be a Christian woman. The Taleban claimed responsibility for this despicable murder, accusing her of spreading Christianity. Are they able to hang their heads in shame? Gayle...
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Did you see The Beatles live?

My blogging friend Richard  Havers would like to hear from you if you have seen The Beatles live, or know someone who did, for a project he is working on. This is the post Richard wrote where you can contact him, and he’s getting some interesting responses.  This is what he says, though I had no idea The Beatles played to more Americans than Brits: I’d love to know what it was really...
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Watch out Tiger Woods

I can’t deny I was really disappointed when James gave up the stage for golf, which I wrote about here. But he has excelled in his new passion, winning a major tournament this weekend. His name will now be engraved on a roll of honour along with other champions at his prestigious golf club. What was so special about this was that James entered the tournament as a 15 year old junior and it...
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Could stem cell research helped save Daniel?

As a mother whose two sons were both enthusiastic rugby players for several years, I admit there were times when I could not bear to watch the most brutal parts of the game on the touch line. This involved David and James being thrown horribly to the ground like a rag doll and players piling on top of them. I would turn away as they became hidden under the bulk of burly bodies wrestling away on...
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A little less Christmas cheer this year

Apologies for mentioning Christmas while still in October. But I was saddened to learn that soaring electricity prices have forced one householder not to put up their annual festive display of Santa and his helpers. Bernard and Denise Lumsden, Bristol, have annually transformed their home into a huge festive light display using 50,000 lights and raising £15,000 for charity over the last 20...
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