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  1. Gloucester's own Football World Cup (7 a side), and Positive Futures Basketball Cup, both beginning at 12pm in Gloucester Park. The Positive Futures Netball Challenge will take place at around 3:45pm, also in the Park.
  2. Interesting how it was done, but not as funny as
  3. This link provides more info, with a BBC reporter: I'm sceptical too. It's as Eddie said, given a choice between 'It was a ghost' and 'It was trickery', I know what is more plausible, even if don't know the details. It's all harmless fun, though, other than the drip-drip effect of gulling susceptible people into a belief in the supernatural.
  4. Someone benefited from an ill-considered whinge in this election campaign, anyway. Sue Nye has been ennobled. Am I being cynical, or did Gordon Brown have to do a bit more grovelling out of the public eye/ear to persuade her not to fire another torpedo in to his flank, given that she must have been angry/humiliated by her public excoriation?
  5. The students' rescue attempt could have gone wrong very easily, if the struggling woman had pulled them down as well. How many more would have had to jump in then? That said, all this rancour is unnecessary.
  6. I'll say one thing, this is going to make for some interesting byelections.
  7. The usual way, party by party. I gather this whole dissolution business is intended to ensure that nobody makes a break for it, forcing an election when it suits their party best.
  8. I saw no queues in Moreland. If our electoral system is becoming akin to those in Zimbabwe and Afghanistan in parts of the UK, perhaps the UN should send in monitors.
  9. I watched it carefully again three times, freeze-framing on the last occasion. What seems pretty clear is that 'spikey' is a minder, and almost certainly a hard bastard, to be sure. He is, though, doing his job in that clip, which is protecting the BNP candidate, in his not particularly subtle BNP minder way. When the asians' initial aggressive confrontation is checked, he backs away. Then black shirt hocks a very visible spitball at Bailey, who kicks off big-time. Still, he and his entourage are being confronted by three belligerent asians, one in a hood, any one of whom could be carrying a knife or worse. The entire ensuing fracas could be deemed self defence, because every one of the BNP group could have felt threatened (which is 'assault' right there). But yes, we don't know the whole story, of what went before, whether they were in a sensitive area (should there be 'no-go' areas, though?), or what Bailey said (it sounded like 'Ameniyerterobbud'* to me, which could be Urdu for all I know), or the state of mind any of the chief actors in this incident. We can only judge by what we do know, like everyone else who watches the clip, and our judgement doesn't count for much. For what little it's worth, though, what I know of the police suggests that they won't act against anyone on the strength of this video, and anyone who makes a complaint is going to risk a counter complaint, and therefore be persuaded by the police that it's not worth persuing. Everyone (well, almost everyone) could have behaved better in that clip, which is why it will probably amount to nothing. *the asians may have thought he said 'How many of you are here to rob us?', a possible crack about benefit cheats. He later said 'There's more of us than there are of you, mate', before being spat on, but that's clearly intended to warn the asians that he won't be intimidated.
  10. I've looked at the video repeatedly, and I can't see anyone with spikey hair doing anything to that asian with the black shirt. He spits at the BNP candidate with no provocation whatsoever. And the 'assault and battery' involves placing hands, open palmed, against black shirt's stomach, firmly but not violently. I get that assault can cover a variety of infringements of personal space, but where was the battery?
  11. The husband is being deliberately provocative. Nowhere does it say that she can't leave the house with her face covered, only that she can't enter a public building in that state. If they want to persist with their twisted notions about modesty, such sacrifices have to be made. It's the downside to living in a country where the overwhelming concensus is that there is nothing immoral about baring one's face in public.
  12. Is this the graffiti that a local newspaper blamed 'Nazis' for?
  13. There was an article about this on the Citizen's website where some commenters said that similar liners could be bought in the shops for about half the price (can't find it now, great site redevelopment ).
  14. I saw these today, and thought they were worth repeating. Nick Clegg: 'I'm not a man of faith, but my wife is'. Gordon Brown:'If you're a widow, for whatever reason...' David Cameron, 'Everytime I visit Afghanistan, I'm blown away' (think that one might be paraphrased)
  15. Again, you make a cogent argument, GFC. The only difference is what motivates the Muslim desire for privacy. Other groups may have special needs such as severe handicaps, or want a private session because they might offend other members of the general public (imagine if the players of Gloucester RFC wanted to go for a swim?). Muslims, on the other hand, really want privacy because what is acceptable for most people, including a more managable number of Cherry & Whites, and even the occasional handicapable person, to use a pool in front of all and sundry, isn't acceptable to them. An extreme analogy, but it's like a cult saying they perform human sacrifices in private because they like to keep themselves to themselves rather than because of what other people might think of their behaviour. Well, it looksl ike immigration is crashing back onto the agenda again, even though the leaders' debate this evening is supposed to be about the economy.