On this day…in 278

On February 14 around the year 278 A.D., Valentine, a holy priest in Rome in the days of Emperor Claudius II, was executed. Under the rule of Claudius the Cruel, Rome was involved in many unpopular and bloody campaigns. The emperor had to maintain a strong army, but was having a difficult time getting soldiers … [Read the full story]

Big Belle’s Spam & Mushroom Ramekins

Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 12-15 minutes Serves: 4-6 175 g of button mushrooms, finely chopped 200 g of Spam, finely chopped 2 tablespoons of freshly grated Parmesan cheese 1 tablespoon of finely chopped parsley 1 egg, beaten 150 ml of single cream (1/2 cup of light cream) 1 tablespoon of chopped lemon grass … [Read the full story]

Men victims are guilty

Thousands of men who claim to be victims of domestic violence are actually wife beaters themselves, a new study has revealed. One in five husbands who called a helpline turned out to be the aggressor…not the victim. Many use minor injuries inflicted by partners defending themsleves to fight prosecution. A network of ‘safe houses’ for … [Read the full story]

Kercher killer claims she was beaten by the police

Amanda Knox, who killed British student Meredith Kercher, claimed that she was beaten up by police when she was questioned about the murder in 2007. She has been indicted on a slander charge in Perugia, Italy,  at a hearing behind closed doors. Knox’s lawyer told the Judge that she didn’t mean to slander anybody and … [Read the full story]

Six years for child abuser…too lenient

A mother, if you can call her a mother, has been sentenced to 6 years in jail after neglecting her 8 children. The woman, if you can call her a woman, took her ‘almost dead’ 5 year old to hospital and discovered that he weighed just just over 14kg, and suffering from hypothermia and malnutrition. … [Read the full story]