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  1. I always wondered why Madonna moved there. But now seems shes bored of not being in the limelight
  2. Statement by His Royal Highness Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex 01 OCTOBER 2019 As a couple, we believe in media freedom and objective, truthful reporting. We regard it as a cornerstone of democracy and in the current state of the world – on every level – we have never needed responsible media more. Unfortunately, my wife has become one of the latest victims of a British tabloid press that wages campaigns against individuals with no thought to the consequences – a ruthless campaign that has escalated over the past year, throughout her pregnancy and while raising our newborn son. There is a human cost to this relentless propaganda, specifically when it is knowingly false and malicious, and though we have continued to put on a brave face – as so many of you can relate to – I cannot begin to describe how painful it has been. Because in today’s digital age, press fabrications are repurposed as truth across the globe. One day’s coverage is no longer tomorrow’s chip-paper. Up to now, we have been unable to correct the continual misrepresentations - something that these select media outlets have been aware of and have therefore exploited on a daily and sometimes hourly basis. It is for this reason we are taking legal action, a process that has been many months in the making. The positive coverage of the past week from these same publications exposes the double standards of this specific press pack that has vilified her almost daily for the past nine months; they have been able to create lie after lie at her expense simply because she has not been visible while on maternity leave. She is the same woman she was a year ago on our wedding day, just as she is the same woman you’ve seen on this Africa tour. For these select media this is a game, and one that we have been unwilling to play from the start. I have been a silent witness to her private suffering for too long. To stand back and do nothing would be contrary to everything we believe in. This particular legal action hinges on one incident in a long and disturbing pattern of behaviour by British tabloid media. The contents of a private letter were published unlawfully in an intentionally destructive manner to manipulate you, the reader, and further the divisive agenda of the media group in question. In addition to their unlawful publication of this private document, they purposely misled you by strategically omitting select paragraphs, specific sentences, and even singular words to mask the lies they had perpetuated for over a year. There comes a point when the only thing to do is to stand up to this behaviour, because it destroys people and destroys lives. Put simply, it is bullying, which scares and silences people. We all know this isn’t acceptable, at any level. We won’t and can’t believe in a world where there is no accountability for this. Though this action may not be the safe one, it is the right one. Because my deepest fear is history repeating itself. I’ve seen what happens when someone I love is commoditised to the point that they are no longer treated or seen as a real person. I lost my mother and now I watch my wife falling victim to the same powerful forces. We thank you, the public, for your continued support. It is hugely appreciated. Although it may not seem like it, we really need it.
  3. On a related issue did anyone notice how they had slipped in the 'mixed' relay into the world athletics championship. It was a farcical affair whereby your position at any time depended upon if you had run your men yet or not. Why oh why do they feel the need to add this event on runners who may already have a significant number of individual and relay events. Seems pure PC. I expect Sir Seb Coe is somehow behind it. Thankfully Michael Johnson commentating was also skeptical and could not understand how of all the problems athletics faces is this really a needed 'innovation' .
  4. Some of the best years, so much freedom. Minimal work, great friends, weekly opportunities to meet women, cheap booze, good music (back then), no boss, no wife, no kids, just tons of opportunities to have a laugh. Loved it. The only problem- it couldn't last forever. And indeed it couldn't, the thought of trying to negotiate it now horrifies me.
  5. Oh god , they've been at it again...... Prince Harry and MM share inspirational Quote Prince Harry and Oprah
  6. desertorchid


    This made me chuckle: "Unless you count tofu-eating, milquetoast, pantywaist, beta, snowflake, self-flagellating, Mom’s-basement-dwelling, environmental science graduates as men. Which I’m not sure I do — and they probably wouldn’t identify as men, anyway, so I don’t think I’m being judgemental here. "
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    this is a very good, often LOL read about St Greta:
  8. This oversensitivity to what people say or have said is seemingly an Anglo Saxon thing. But where does it come from?- intriguing. The majority of the planet, meanwhile, live in an entirely different universe. For example in Hong Kong (one of the more globalised/ enlightened Asian states) 2 lawmakers are involved in death threats and desecration of graves. The reaction is primarily a roll of the eyes and lets just get on with things. In the UK every comment is analysed and taken to a whole new level of interpretation and analysis, its bonkers. Junios Ho's 'death threat'
  9. Always thought Georgianne Walken was punching above her weight as Christopher could have had any woman he wanted in the 70's and 80's. But credit, he has probably had a wonderful life with her and as often seems the case, they have grown into each other.
  10. Don't forget (when using the remainers rule book applied during the EU elections), Brexit parties won 30% of the vote and remain parties 10%. So resounding vote to leave.
  11. Yes, A friend of mine (Remainer) posted this on facebook saying how afraid he was and made comparisons with 1933 Berlin. All I saw where good humoured very ordinary Brits voicing their opinion and concerns respectfully. The teenagers talking of indoctrination was interesting. I chuckled at the ' oh no, not the Guardian'.
  12. Owen Jones at a Brexit Rally
  13. $44m settlement for Weinstein Quite a price for freedom. You would think if his behaviour had been truly abhorrant they would want to see him behind bars. edit..there is a criminal case to follow, could end up behind bars
  14. Good - Wonder Years Bad- Seinfeld