July 2017


Friend of Diana urges Channel 4 to scrap ‘intrusive’ documentary

Rosa Monckton will tell the broadcaster that use of the Diana tapes, revealing conversations recorded by the Princess of Waless speech coach, is outrageous One of Princess Dianas closest friends is writing to Channel 4 bosses asking them to scrap a forthcoming documentary using private video footage which includes Diana talking about about her sex […]

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Can you solve it? Are you smarter than a forester?

A puzzle about planting trees Hello guzzlers, Your mission today is to design an arrangement of trees on a desert island, like the one below. An aerial view of five trees on an island. When there is a single tree, no matter where you stand on the island you will always be able to see […]

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My idea to improve the world: force everyone to try standup comedy | Jack Bernhardt

The benefits to society would be profound not least that people would learn the difference between a joke and a threat, says comedy writer Jack Bernhardt We all like to think our chosen profession is the most important. Firefighters will tellyou that they save people from burning buildings. Scientists working at Cern will tell you […]

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HSBC chief sounds alarm over financial regulation and Brexit

UKs biggest bank reports big rise in profits to $10.2bn as outgoing chairman Douglas Flint calls for global regulation to keep markets safe The outgoing chairman of Britains biggest bank, HSBC, called for an overhaul of the system to tackle financial crime as he sounded the alarm over attempts to fragment global financial regulation, and […]

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‘The worst it’s been’: children continue to swim as raw sewage floods Gaza beach

For most of the 2 million people in this overcrowded strip of land largely cut off from the outside world the beach and sea are the only affordable form of recreation. The only option now is to swim and even fish in filthy water It is high summer on Gaza Citys beach. A horse and […]

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‘Human life is more expendable’: why slavery has never made more money

New research shows modern slavery is more lucrative than it has ever has been, with sex traffickers reaping the greatest rewards Slave traders today make a return on their investment 25-30 times higher than their 18th- and 19th-century counterparts. Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard Business School, has calculated that the average profit […]

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Bernard MacLaverty: The story you have just finished is of little help to writing the next one

Acclaimed Northern Irish writer Bernard MacLaverty has taken 16 years to finish his latest novel. A lot of things just got in the way, he says In his jacket endorsement for Bernard MacLavertys Midwinter Break, the celebrated American novelist Richard Ford describes the new book as much-anticipated. It is a polite way of saying that […]

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Xi Jinping orders army to unswervingly follow Communist party leadership

Chinas president dons camouflage fatigues for hour-long parade marking 90th anniversary of Peoples Liberation Army Chinese president, Xi Jinping, has presided over a spectacular display of military and political might, ordering members of his 2.3 million-strong armed forces to unswervingly follow the absolute leadership of the Communist party of China. Xi donned camouflage fatigues for […]

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Survival Tips For Backpackers

´╗┐Survival Tips For Backpackers Why survival tips for backpackers? Certainly backpacking may never become a matter of wilderness survival for you, especially if you are careful in your planning. Still, getting lost or twisting an ankle far from any road is always a possibility. In any case, learning a few new things from time to […]

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Can Jack Ma, Asias richest man, create 1m jobs in the US?

The founder of Alibaba, one of the worlds biggest online retailers, made the promise at a pre-inauguration meeting with Donald Trump Jack Ma was destined to live an ordinary life. He failed the Chinese university entrance exam several times before being accepted by the worst school in Hangzhou, and he was rejected from a dozen […]

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