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Trail Blazing News

By Jemima KissReaction to the massive fires at the Buncefield oil depot  demonstrated how citizen reporting is becoming an instinctive public response to major news events. The BBC received 6,500 emails containing mobile phone photos and video clips - ...

X For Cynicism

“You are the X Factor”. ”You are a star”. The emphatic statements of X Factor reality show judges Simon Cowell and Louis Walsh to twenty-one-year old Shayne Ward, in Saturdays final, after his last song showdown with fellow finalist ...

New Year Pledges

Somebody who goes by the name of Anon said "A new year's resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other." Maybe so, maybe not. It usually depends mostly on your will power. Most of us talk about making promises to stop bad habits ...

Media Ignore Chad Genocide

Richard KeebleMasses of information from the media constantly bombard us. Yet, paradoxically, often the most important news goes uncovered. Take for instance, Africa. A country like Sudan suddenly comes under the spotlight. Reports of rape, massacre and co ...

Tragedy of Celebrity Soaps

By Liz Simpson Millions of television viewers sit motionless watching other people doing nothing. They might be 'D' list wannabes in the Australian jungle but we're obsessed with other people's lives. Celebrities stalked by paparazzi. Or, spied on round ...

Blind racism

Deborah Hobson  It was non-violent Indian leader, Mahatma Gandhi, who said “an eye for an eye will make the whole world blind”. Gee Walker, mother of Anthony Walker, the young black man horrifically slain with an ice axe by white racists, has seemingl ...

Public Death

When the News of The World printed a photo of a gravely ill looking football icon, George Best, it served as an uncomfortable glimpse of near-death and as a warning to others. The writing that accompanied the photo was explicit: “The outlook is prett ...

Bingeing Britain

By Jemma Tipping Streets covered in vomit. Violence spiralling out of control. A nation of drunken hooligans. Critics say that 24-hour licensing laws in Britain will result in chaos. Pubs and clubs are now able to stay open round the clock. Some commentat ...

Moss Factor

By Deborah Hobson She’s back. Supermodel Kate Moss has risen like a phoenix from the ashes of scandal and condemnation to return to work after seeking treatment for her addiction to cocaine at the Meadows clinic in Arizona. Moss, cat walk queen and ...

Labour's Honourable Rebels

Forty-nine Labour MPs rebelled against the Government in the vote on the much-criticised 90-day detention proposal, according to official division lists. They handed megalomaniac Tony Blair his first House of Common defeat since he became prime minister in ...

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