Month: October 2013

UK NEWS: REVEREND DR TINA BELOVETH POWERFUL BATTLES HARVARD UNIVERSITY FOR USE OF ITS NAME

This news story cracked me up this morning. The Voice reports that the founder of a small business school in the UK who is being sued by the prestigious Harvard University for copyright infringement has made a counter-claim against the institution. Reverend Dr Tina Beloveth Powerful claims her Harvard School of Management and Technology was named after her grandfather, however Harvard University, established in 1636 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is seeking damages and an injunction against her. Although Rev Powerful is willing to change the []

UK NEWS: FOOTBALLER ANDROS TOWNSEND DEFENDS ROY HODGSON’S ‘MONKEY JOKE’

Here we go again…. Via The Daily Mirror Andros Townsend has defended Roy Hodgson after the England boss was caught up in a row over a ‘monkey’ joke he told his players in the dressing room during Tuesday night’s win over Poland. Hodgson recounted an old NASA space monkey joke at half-time – words that are thought to have caused offence to one England player, who believed it carried racial connotations. But the Tottenham star says that “no offence was meant and none was []

UK NEWS: SCHOOL BANS SLANG TO IMPROVE STUDENTS SPEECH / DAVID LAMMY MP AGREES WITH BAN

Via BBC News Slang such as “ain’t”, “innit” and “coz” has been banned from a school in south London to try to help students find future employment. Harris Academy Upper Norwood said it implemented the initiative to allow its students to “express themselves confidently and appropriately”. Pupils heard using “informal language” will be asked to “reflect” on it. Other banned words include “like”, “bare” and “extra” and the phrases “you woz” and “we woz”. Starting sentences with “basically” and ending them with []

UK MUSIC NEWS: MORE HMV STORES CANCEL GIGGS INSTORE ALBUM SIGNING / VIDEO RESPONSE TO CANCELLATIONS

Yesterday rapper Giggs announced that Westfield (Shepherds Bush) cancelled his album signing at their HMV store and today the rapper has announced more last minute cancellations around the country. Just heard that Kingston HMV has been cancelled 2mrw too,but don't worry coz I WILL be standing right outside 5:30 signin albums.I PROMISE U — GIGGS (@officialgiggs) October 15, 2013 I would like to know if these last minute cancellations also come with an explanation. Giggs really needs to sit down with a []

POLICE CLAIM ‘AN OVERWHELMING RESPONSE’ AFTER MADELEINE McCANN CRIMEWATCH APPEAL

BBC News reports that police probing the disappearance of Madeleine McCann in Portugal are today claiming that there was an “overwhelming response” to an appeal on the BBC’s Crimewatch programme with more than 300 calls. Crimewatch editor Joe Mather told the BBC that several callers gave the same man’s name after e-fit pictures were shown. How many out of those 300 callers just called in to say that the e-fit looks like Gerry McCann? That awkward moment when the e-fit image of []

UK MUSIC NEWS: WESTFIELD (SHEPHERDS BUSH) CANCELS GIGGS HMV ALBUM SIGNING

Amazing turn out for our @officialgiggs album signing tonight! Thanks everyone! #WhenWillItStop pic.twitter.com/6iJhe5k5la — hmv Southampton (@hmvSouthampton) October 14, 2013 I'm pissed — GIGGS (@officialgiggs) October 14, 2013 So Westfield don't want me in there building 2mrw,so they've cancelled my HMV signing tomorrow. I'm sorry everyone,I dunno what to say — GIGGS (@officialgiggs) October 14, 2013 The police cancelled his London show at the last minute and now his album signing, which was due to take place in London today has been cancelled. []