Syria out of control – they’re out of body bags

Rescue workers in Syria have ‘run out of body bags’. A recent attack on the Omar Bin Abdul Aziz Hospital means that every city in the east of the city has now been hit. The city Aleppo has been divided between the government in the west and rebel control in the east since 2012. Syrian … [Read the full story]

Are we de-humanised by the horrors of the world?

A programme I watched on television reported hundreds of birds and fish dropping down dead for no apparent reason. They posed the question is this the beginning of the apocalypse? I was amazed at the question – are they being serious? 79000 people missing in Columbia, thousands missing in Argentina, millions missing, displaced, killed and … [Read the full story]

God help America

As an Australian I am used to politicians being usually simple minded but with good intentions. They don’t usually last long and are then replaced quite quickly. So it is mind numbing to watch a soap opera called the ‘US Presidential Race for the White House’. Back stabbing, dirty tricks, slurs and attacks on their personal lives. … [Read the full story]

On this day…in 1879

At Kambula, in northwest Zululand, a force of 2,000 British and Colonial troops under the command of British Colonel Henry Evelyn Wood defeats 20,000 Zulus under King Cetshwayo, turning the tide in the favor of the British in the Zulu War. In 1843, Britain succeeded the Boers as the rulers of Natal, which controlled Zululand, … [Read the full story]

On this day…in 1842

On January 13, 1842, a British army doctor reaches the British sentry post at Jalalabad, Afghanistan, the lone survivor of a 16,000-strong Anglo-Indian expeditionary force that was massacred in its retreat from Kabul. He told of a terrible massacre in the Khyber Pass, in which the Afghans gave the defeated Anglo-Indian force and their camp … [Read the full story]

On this day…in 1916

On January 8, 1916, Allied forces stage a full retreat from the shores of the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey, ending a disastrous invasion of the Ottoman Empire. The Gallipoli Campaign resulted in 250,000 Allied casualties and greatly discredited Allied military command. Roughly an equal number of Turks were killed or wounded. In early 1915, the … [Read the full story]

On this day…in 1997

On this day in 1997, an estimated 2.5 billion people around the globe tune in to television broadcasts of the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales, who died at the age of 36 in a car crash in Paris the week before. During her 15-year marriage to Prince Charles, the son of Queen Elizabeth II … [Read the full story]

Ozzie tourist left for dead in Bali

An Australian woman has revealed how she was left for dead with massive head wounds on a Bali roadside, amid fears of growing violence against Australian tourists in the country. Official statistics show 31 Australians died in Bali in the past year, but what is less well reported is the number who have been assaulted … [Read the full story]

Tommy Taylor’s SRU

Already this year’s election is prompting pollies to garner television coverage. Expect future Prime Minister hopeful Kevin Rudd, to appear more often on screen and in print. There’s been a sighting of the abducted missing child who was snatched in Portugal.  She would now be ten years old.  There was a possibility that she’d been … [Read the full story]

Toni Braxton isn’t ‘feeling the love’

Toni Braxton has said that she will no longer be recording music. The R’n’B singer said that she won’t be making albums anymore but may tour occasionally. She said: I’m just not going to do any albums anymore; maybe touring occasionally here and there because I love performing, but not as much as I did … [Read the full story]

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