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New UKIP leader: I could strangle a badger

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Henry Bolton, the new leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party, said Sunday that he could, if pressed, capture a badger and kill it with his bare hands.

Bolton was asked by Sky News’ Niall Paterson about a report in the Sunday Times which referenced an interview Bolton gave to Russia Today, in which he was asked about possible initiation ceremonies for UKIP leaders.

Bolton replied that “the one that was probably most suitable for me was chasing a badger across Dartmoor, capturing it and then breaking its neck with one’s bare hands, which was a slightly unusual thing.”

Bolton, a former soldier, police officer and diplomat, was elected as UKIP’s leader in September after receiving the backing of Nigel Farage. He is the fourth leader of UKIP in just over a year.



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expatpaul
1 day ago
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I can't help but wonder whether he regularly chokes a chicken as well.
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Dumb bug of the week: Outlook staples your encrypted emails to, er, plaintext copies when sending messages

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You're formatting messages the wrong way

Attention anyone using Microsoft Outlook to encrypt emails. Researchers at security outfit SEC Consult have found a bug in Redmond's software that causes encrypted messages to be sent out with their unencrypted versions attached.…

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Shark costume man bitten by Austria’s burqa ban

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Austria’s new ban on the burqa claimed an unusual victim — a man dressed in a shark costume.

Since October 1, it has been illegal to wear the full-face veil in public, and breaking the law is punishable with a €150 fine. The law extends to other face coverings, including costumes and even people on motorbikes who protect themselves against the wind with a scarf, according to Die Welt.

A man hired to carry out promotional work by electronics store McShark was stopped by police on Friday, Austria’s Heute reported Monday. The officers reportedly asked him to remove the head of his shark costume but he refused, saying “I’m just doing my job.”

The man, who has not been identified, later removed the shark head but was still hit with a fine.

Eugen Prosquill from advertising company Warda Network, which had hired the man, told Heute: “I wasn’t aware that the law reaches that far that it also affects mascots.”

Halloween events will not be affected by the law, according to Heute.



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AOL shuts down Instant Messenger after 20 years of online chat

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  • Instant Messenger to be discontinued in two months, AOL says
  • Parent company says ‘the way we communicate has profoundly changed’

AOL announced Friday that it was discontinuing its pioneering Instant Messenger chat platform after 20 years of service.

An article on AOL’s website on Friday said AOL Instant Messenger will be discontinued on 15 December. The program will still function until then but after that, users won’t be able to sign in and all data will be deleted. AOL says people with an aim.com email address will still be able to use it.

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expatpaul
9 days ago
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Lordy. I hadn't realised the either AOL or AIM were still a thing.
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Watch your own slogan fall off the wall behind Theresa May

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Thanks to the genius of The British Drea, you can compose any slogan you like and then watch it fall off the wall behind Theresa May.
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9 days ago
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My new favourite distraction
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Labour conference? More like the cult of Saint Jeremy | Nick Cohen

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Leader worship in Brighton detracted from the important issues and will come with a price for party and country

The few people not caught up in leader worship in Brighton asked how the cult of Jeremy Corbyn’s personality would die. Would his support for Brexit drive his young admirers away? Have we reached peak Corbyn? They forgot the lesson of history that you don’t worry about personality cults that fail. You worry when they succeed.

Cultism was everywhere at the Labour conference. It was in the Corbyn memorabilia on sale at conference stalls. It was in the chants of “Oh, Jeremy Corbyn” that greeted his every appearance. It was in the delegates’ desire to extend the sycophancy to Corbyn’s lieutenants, which died when the crowd realised “Oh, Rebecca Long-Bailey” didn’t quite work. Most, and most ignobly, it was in the demeaning attempts by leftwing politicians and journalists to atone for the heresy of doubting Corbyn’s ability to increase Labour’s vote share and worm their way back into his affections.

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expatpaul
16 days ago
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The far left says its despises “Blairite” compromise. Yet on the great issue of the day, it has so triangulated with the Tories even Tony Blair is now outflanking “Jeremy” on the left.
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