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    Quote Originally Posted by Charles RB View Post
    Outing is ugly but if they actually having gay affairs in secret while passing that, they're being even uglier.
    There's an old line from the 80's that used to pop up in alternative comedy gigs that the Tories are ''full of the right type of poof, and everyone outside the Tories are the wrong type''. This is the same thing, these Tory MP's are shit scared of being outed even though I'd put a healthy bet that a good handful are gay.

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    I was just sick in my mouth a bit; Nigel Farage has been on Channel 4 News saying he was ''honest'' in relation to standing in Chris Huhne's now empty seat.

    The former cabinet minister Chris Huhne is facing a jail sentence after he admitted perverting the course of justice in a last-minute change of plea.

    As he left court on unconditional bail, Huhne made a brief statement, saying said he was resigning his parliamentary seat after taking responsibility for something that happened 10 years ago.

    On the first day of what was to be his trial at Southwark crown court, the Liberal Democrat MP entered a plea of guilty over claims his ex-wife took speeding points for him 10 years ago.

    Huhne, 58, the former energy secretary, had pleaded not guilty to the charge at a hearing last week.

    The charges relate to allegations that in 2003 he persuaded his then wife, Vicky Pryce, 60, an economist, to take speeding points so that he could avoid prosecution.

    Carina Trimingham, 46, the PR adviser for whom Huhne left his wife in 2010 after 26 years of marriage, sat in the public gallery behind the dock as the charge was again put to him on Monday morning.

    Standing in the dock, Huhne, MP for Eastleigh in Hampshire, spoke clearly as he said "guilty" when asked how he pleaded.

    He was charged with doing an act tending or intending to pervert the course of justice between 12 March 2003 and 21 May 2003.

    Pryce has pleaded not guilty to the charge on the grounds of marital coercion.

    Her case was adjourned until 10am on Tuesday at Southwark, when a trial is expected to start. She was granted unconditional bail.

    The charges relate to an incident in March 2003 when Huhne's car was allegedly caught by a speed camera on the motorway between Stansted airport and London. The allegation emerged in 2011 after the end of his marriage.

    Huhne was granted unconditional bail and will be sentenced at a later date.

    Huhne stepped down from the cabinet in February last year after he was charged. At the time he vowed he would fight the charges.

    Granting Huhne unconditional bail, judge Mr Justice Sweeney said: "I will deal with your sentence on a date to be notified. It is essential that you attend, on that date."

    He added that as Huhne's barrister, John Kelsey-Fry, had foreshadowed: "You should have no illusion whatsoever as to the sort of sentence that you are likely to receive."

    Huhne, whose father was also in the public gallery, indicated he understood.

    As he left the court. Huhne said: "I pleaded guilty today. I am unable to say more while there is an outstanding trial. But having taken responsibility for something which happened 10 years ago the only proper course of action is now for me to resign my Eastleigh seat in parliament, which I will now do very shortly."
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2013/fe...g-jail-justice

    He stands to be sent down for at least five years.

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    Lets have a good story for a change...

    Shot Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai has described how a fund has been set up in her name to help all children get an education.

    Malala, 15, was speaking in an interview recorded before surgery at a Birmingham hospital on Saturday.

    She was shot on a school bus in October in Pakistan by the Taliban after campaigning for girls' rights.

    Surgeons at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital said Malala was recovering "very well" from the latest operation.

    A bullet was removed from her head by surgeons in Pakistan, before she was flown to the UK for further treatment.

    Malala was discharged as an inpatient from Queen Elizabeth Hospital in January and underwent a five-hour operation at the weekend to fit a titanium plate over her damaged skull.

    She also had a cochlear implant fitted to deal with some deafness caused by her injuries.

    Speaking in the video in English, Malala said she wanted to "serve the people".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Iangould View Post
    Choblik, want me to dissect the next paragraph of the Escobar article or have I proven my point?
    I don't think i will be posting here about politics. The only reason i did was that i had not posted on Perspectives.com for a while which is more ideologially diverse. Now that i am not being ignored there anymore i don't see the point. If you wanna debate me so bad feel free to do soo, i am Choblik there too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Choblik View Post
    I don't think i will be posting here about politics. The only reason i did was that i had not posted on Perspectives.com for a while which is more ideologially diverse. Now that i am not being ignored there anymore i don't see the point. If you wanna debate me so bad feel free to do soo, i am Choblik there too.

    http://perspectives.com/forums/

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    Well news from the world of archaeology got very interesting today as a skeleton found in a car park in Leicester turns out to be a 500 year old King of England, Richard III.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/20...dna-bones-king

    Richard III: DNA confirms twisted bones belong to king
    Skeleton found beneath Leicester car park confirmed as that of Richard III, as work begins on new tomb near excavation site

    Not just the identity of the man in the car park with the twisted spine, but the appalling last moments and humiliating treatment of the naked body of Richard III in the hours after his death have been revealed at an extraordinary press conference at Leicester University.

    There were cheers when Richard Buckley, lead archaeologist on the hunt for the king's body, finally announced that the university team was convinced "beyond reasonable doubt" that it had found the last Plantagenet king, bent by scoliosis of the spine, and twisted further to fit into a hastily dug hole in Grey Friars church, which was slightly too small to hold his body.

    But by then it was clear the evidence was overwhelming, as the scientists who carried out the DNA tests, those who created the computer-imaging technology to peer on to and into the bones in raking detail, the genealogists who found a distant descendant with matching DNA, and the academics who scoured contemporary texts for accounts of the king's death and burial, outlined their findings.

    "What a morning. What a story," said Philippa Langley, of the Richard III Society. She had been driving on the project for years, in the face of incredulity from many people, and finding funds from Ricardians all over the world when it looked as if the money would run out before the excavation had even begun.

    Work has started on designing a new tomb in the cathedral, only 100 yards from the excavation site, and Canon David Monteith said a solemn multifaith ceremony would be held to lay him into his new grave there, probably next year. Leicester's museums service is working on plans for a new visitor centre in an old school building overlooking the site.

    Richard died at Bosworth on 22 August 1485, the last English king to fall in battle, and the researchers revealed how for the first time. There was an audible intake of breath as a slide came up showing the base of his skull sliced off by one terrible blow, believed to be from a halberd, a fearsome medieval battle weapon with a razor-sharp iron axe blade weighing about two kilos, mounted on a wooden pole, which was swung at Richard at very close range. The blade probably penetrated several centimetres into his brain and, said the human bones expert Jo Appleby, he would have been unconscious at once and dead almost as soon.

    The injury appears to confirm contemporary accounts that he died in close combat in the thick of the battle and unhorsed – as in the great despairing cry Shakespeare gives him: "A horse! A horse! My kingdom for a horse!"

    Another sword slash, which also went through the bone and into the brain, would also have proved fatal. But many of the other injuries were after death, suggesting a gruesome ritual on the battlefield and as the king's body was brought back to Leicester, as he was stripped, mocked and mutilated – which would have revealed for the first time to any but his closest intimates the twisted back, a condition from an unknown cause, which began to contort his body from the age of about 10. By the time he died he would have stood inches shorter than his true height of 5' 8", tall for a medieval man. The bones were those of an unusually slight, delicately built man – Appleby described him as having an "almost feminine" build – which also matches contemporary descriptions.

    One terrible injury, a stab through the right buttock and into his pelvis, was certainly after death, and could not have happened when his lower body was protected by armour. It suggests the story that his naked corpse was brought back slung over the pommel of a horse, mocked and abused all the way, was true. Bob Savage, a medieval arms expert from the Royal Armouries who helped identify the wounds, said it was probably not a war weapon, but the sort of sharp knife or dagger any workman might have carried.

    Michael Ibsen, the Canadian-born furniture maker proved as the descendant of Richard's sister, heard the confirmation on Sunday and listened to the unfolding evidence in shocked silence. "My head is no clearer now than when I first heard the news," he said. "Many, many hundreds of people died on that field that day. He was a king, but just one of the dead. He lived in very violent times, and these deaths would not have been pretty or quick."

    It was Mathew Morris who first uncovered the body, in the first hour of the first day of the excavation. He did not believe he had found the king. The mechanical digger was still chewing the tarmac off the council car park, identified by years of research by local historians and the Richard III Society as the probable site of the lost church of Grey Friars, whose priests bravely claimed the body of the king and buried him in a hastily dug grave, probably still naked, but in a position of honour near the high altar of their church. The leg bones just showing through the soil were covered up again.

    Ten days later, on 5 September, when further excavation proved Morris had hit the crucial spot at the edge of the choir in the church, he returned with Lin Foxhall, head of the archaeology department, and Appleby, swathed in crime scene overalls to prevent contamination, to excavate the body. "We did it the usual way, lifting the arms, legs and skull first, and proceeding gradually towards the torso – so it was only when we finally saw the twisted spine that I thought: 'My word, I think we've got him.'"

    Turi King, leader of the DNA team, said she completed her work confirming the mitochondrial DNA match only on Saturday night, and there is more work to be done on the Y chromosome through the male line.

    As far as Langley is concerned, Richard was the true king, the last king of the north, a worthy and brave leader who became a victim of some of the most brilliant propaganda in history, in the hands of the Tudors' image-maker, Shakespeare.

    Foxhall quoted one contemporary description of Richard as "slight in body and weak in strength … to his last breath he held himself nobly in a defending manner".

    There remains the dark shadow of the little princes in the tower, an infamous story even in Richard's day: the child Edward V and his brother Richard, declared illegitimate when Richard III claimed the throne, imprisoned in the Tower of London and never seen alive again. King said that although it is by no means certain that the bones claimed found at the tower centuries later were theirs, there may be more DNA detective work to be done there.

    "I'm a medievalist really," Morris said. "I don't go much for the Tudors. Even if Richard did kill the princes in the tower, you have to judge him by the standards of his day – no other medieval king would have taken the risk of leaving them alive."
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    wow...that's pretty cool

    last English king to fall in battle...for some reason I thought it was someone else
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    I'm just watching the documentary now, it's amazing how invested some of Richard III's fans are in their determination to rehabilitate his reputation. More like it was last week that he died, than 500 years ago.

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    What's he being buried in bleeding Leicester for?

    He should either be in Westminster Abbey or up in York.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cactusmaac View Post
    What's he being buried in bleeding Leicester for?

    He should either be in Westminster Abbey or up in York.
    maybe they were in a hurry? there was a war on
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    I'm talking about now, not 500 years ago. The plans are to re-inter him at Leicester Cathedral.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cactusmaac View Post
    I'm talking about now, not 500 years ago. The plans are to re-inter him at Leicester Cathedral.
    oooh

    is there some signifigance to one place or the other or is Westminster Abbey where all the other kings are?
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    Here is the actual skeleton:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vibranium View Post
    oooh

    is there some signifigance to one place or the other or is Westminster Abbey where all the other kings are?
    Its the nearest consecrated ground to the burial site, which is in accordance with usual archaelogical practice.
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    And, of course, the photoshop wags have started already.

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