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A fairy tale story which has developed into an unnecessary tragedy

Kate Middleton and Prince William (Image: To hear a story of new life to be brought to this earth are usually heart-warming and, on the whole, very good news to relatives and friends to the newborn. It was meant to be the case for Kate Middleton as the Duchess of Cambridge is with child and husband Prince William has been leading the support for the royal who is set to give birth to the third in line to the throne. William's delight has echoed to the minds of millions across the world, and they have every right to celebrate. With over 20 million of Britons witnessing the couple's wedding almost two years ago, Kate's pregnancy is bound to get people excited. Stoke-based pottery maker, Emma Bridgewater has announced her new " A Royal Baby in 2013 " mug range and I'm sure, closer to the unconfirmed birth date, there will be more reason to boost the economy by spending lots of merchandise to remember such a potentially historic occasion. B

Cameron choose to humiliate Leveson and disrepect honest victims

Lord Justice Leveson has finally published a 2,000 page report which summed up his findings on the inquiry which the government launched last year to explore the ethics and journalistic standards newspapers and other forms of media incorporate on a daily basis. Leveson's inquiry intended to unravel the events which surrounded the phone hacking scandal which angered many people across Britain. It was up to Leveson to interview countless amount of people who were victim to such crime, editors and journalists past and present, politicians past and present and media moguls to reveal their relationships between one another, openly talk about the emotional damage papers caused to loved ones and passionately express their concern about the attitudes of the media towards the general public. Leveson heard it all in the twelve months where he interviewed hundreds of people, and it took him enough time to release what he thinks the British media must do in the future to serve their freedom

Regardless of recent events, BBC will always remain a national treasure

The BBC has seen its fair share of criticism in its 90-year history. After becoming the world's first national broadcasting organisation in London 1922, it began experimenting radio services bringing the public different ways to listen to music and news - the latter unfavoured by newspapers. Then in 1923, BBC launched Radio Times magazine showing people what is on in their stations, a feature boycotted by newspapers. But much to the displeasure of papers in the UK, BBC were busy expanding to its maximum force with stations added in Birmingham, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, Cardiff and Glasgow before its magazine's launch. The expansion of the BBC was so big the papers performed a walk-out in protest to the broadcasting company on the 4th May, 1926. News bulletins became what BBC were all about in the 1920s but by 1927, sport became an instrumental part of the medium's coverage, broadcasting live commentaries for rugby union and football. BBC licence application levels soared with

Obama's US election victory, a firm warning to global right-wing politics

Mitt Romney and Barack Obama (Image: CBS News) Barack Obama got what he wanted - a second term as President of the United States, a second chance to tell his citizens that they can, and will live in a country which leads, inspires and prosper the world which at present, offers uncertainty and divide. The Presidential race prior to November 6th was hyped by the media as tight. The media gave Republican candidate Mitt Romney and his Party false hope that he even had a chance to take over the country. The Massachusetts governor lost comprehensively to Obama and having heard CNN's reports that Florida State was won by the Democrats, the victory for the current President was comfortable. Where did it all go wrong for Romney? He had a strong fan base, won over some doubters who didn't like his Mormon ways of living and he spent a huge amount of dollar to convince the US public he should be the next President. His campaign started off shaky after he was confirmed the Republic

Police and Crime Commissioner election is vital for future public safety but politics, again, interferes

While the United States makes their biggest decision in four years at the start of November, the UK also has a little election of their own - and it could prove to be crucial for the future of the way Britain police the nation. Over 18-year-old registered residents in England and Wales may already have received their Police and Crime Commissioner election poll cards through the post in the past couple of weeks and in days to come, I'm sure the millions in question would receive countless amount of candidates' leaflets telling people why they are worthy for this prestigious role. What do Police and Crime Commissioners do? According to the ever-so-reliable Wikipedia , such people will "secure the maintenance of an efficient and effective police force within their area, and to hold the Chief Constable to account for the delivery of the police and crime plan". In addition, they will be held accountable for the police planning and funding of their regions. All-in-al

David Cameron is out of touch with the public on employment and education

Job Centre Plus (Image: Daily Telegraph website) It has taken me a while to decide on a suitable, yet convenient topic of discussion in dedication to my 100th blog post. It's a decent milestone in which I have enjoyed writing and have also enjoyed people's interaction towards it, whether it is face-to-face, through social media platforms, or criticisms on individual blog posts about how bad my football predictions are. The whole point of blogs is so that people can interact, right? Anyway, my 100th post is a bit different to other posts in which I've written about. It's going to be a bit more personal, highlighting my last four months since I left Bangor and have joined the millions of students who return homes, back to their families - known as the " boomerang child ". Between then and now, it has been a roller coaster of a ride for me and it emphasises the problems David Cameron faces. In his recent appearance at the Conservative Party Annual Confe

Being creative is one thing, but being offensive is something completely different

Protests in Palestine over the film "Innocence of Muslims" (Image: The Guardian) It has been another bizarre week where I have drawn to a conclusion that the world has gone mad. As the Olympic and Paralympic Games finished almost a month ago, our positive mood about life has turned to negative while societies and cultures which came together in harmony during London 2012 have now been detached. Unfortunately, Olympic fever is a thing of a past and the "legacy" and "inspire a nation" is now forgotten. What went wrong? I guess you can point fingers to the incompetents who like to alter others' interests for the fun of it imposing negative reactions. In America for example, a series of filmmakers have created this film courtesy of Media for Christ, " Innocence of Muslims ", an Arabic language dubbed 13.51 minute trailer which represents Prophet Muhammad as a " thuggish womaniser ", according to The Daily Telegraph . This extende

Kate Middleton must cling onto royal family support

The relationship between the media and the British royal family has taken a fresh turn for the worst in recent days. As soon as we thought we moved on from The Sun and Prince Harry fiasco a few weeks ago, there has barely been reason to suggest the media would stop there. Closer Magazine France has published photos of Catherine Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge in the nude. These photos took place at a private resort in France this month where she and her husband, Prince William vacated before they jetted off to the Far East, notably Malaysia, a country which 61 percent of its citizens follow Islam - where the royal couple discovered the publication's actions. The magazine couldn't think of a better, yet inconvenient timing to publish these photos. The royal family were warned. Closer Magazine editor Laurence Pieau tweeted in French "We can say that after tomorrow's Closer, Harry will feel less alone...", the evening before the recent edition was ready to be sho

Culture Department must embark on London 2012 legacy

Ellie Simmonds (Image: This has been the most fascinating summers in a very long time. Not only does Britain have something to celebrate, but the whole world can share their sentiments. The Olympic and Paralympic Games has been a superb spectacle for the globe to see and pride is at its highest pulsating rate. I have personally never seen Britain so happy, hashtagging on Twitter and talking in the streets of their delight over the success of their home-grown athletes and the overall hosting of the Games. I have written before that the Olympics has inspired many generations, exceeding Lord Sebastian Coe's expectations of it inspiring just "a generation". Now, as the Paralympics have concluded for another four years, we wonder to ourselves how much influence and effect this particular Games will have on people and to the future of funding sport for those with disabilities. Both Games have been enjoyable with more world records on, and off the track ha

Is anti-doping in sport proving to be more dopey as they sound?

Lance Armstrong (image: If you thought the three stories that I have written today were slightly barbarically scandalous, the final story which is to be analysed tops this list. It is sport related and while David Beckham has to ignore stories regarding him and Katherine Jenkins, this person has to deal with the fact that his career has potentially gone to waste. Cyclist Lance Armstrong has been stripped of his seven Tour de France titles. The reason is complicated - he has been accused of taking performance-enhanced drugs in the 1999-2005 period. The American, who before those years was a sufferer of various cancers including testicular, lung, abdomen and brain, has backed out of a legal process which would have revealed if he'd taken such drugs. Again, like the Beckham story, the Armstrong case is an allegation but regardless, losing his titles after all his efforts in one of sport's toughest competitions is devastating. However, backing out of this legal pr

David Beckham affair rumours shows the media has no remorse for genuine sport stars

Hours after the news in Norway, Twitter maintained its role as the King (or Queen) of delivering breaking news in as little words as possible. Rumours were spreading from the social media that David Beckham (the man who helped bring 2012 in London and adored by millions) has had an affair with Welsh opera singing sensation Katherine Jenkins leaving David's wife Victoria in tears and demanding sympathy. How did the rumour come about, someone created a realistic fake "Famous" magazine front cover . It has been a well known fact that the media, particularly magazines adore Victoria, known in the past as 'Posh Spice' from pop group Spice Girl, and if someone messes with her, they would have to deal with the abuse from Vogue or Heat so whoever started the rumour knew exactly what he, or she were doing. So there was very little surprise that Katherine Jenkins would be upset by the allegations. After having an unexpected break up with fiancee and TV presenter Gethin

Breivik given prison sentence, but Norway's future appears more uncertain

Later on this Friday 24th August 2012, we discovered Anders Behring Breivik, the man responsible for killing 77 people, many of which were teenagers in Norway on 22nd July 2011, has been given a maximum of 21 years in prison for his actions that shocked the nation. It has been a court case like no other. Never has the country witnessed such atrocious crime and some think that 21 years is not enough for the 33-year-old, however the Norway justice laws suggest that the maximum jail sentence is 21 years - something that has been criticised. It has been a complicated process to giving Breivik his prison sentence. First, there was a question whether he was deemed criminally insane or criminally sane. Last autumn, there were psychiatrc reports which said that he is a sufferer of paranoia schizophrenia. This was later denied and rumours then said he had Asperger's Syndrome. Regardless, on Friday, he was announced criminally sane and therefore by law, he is sent to prison. This prison

Harry has to choose what sort of Prince he aspires to be

Prince Harry (left) with William (image: Scrape TV) Friday 24th August 2012 will be remembered for its bizarre, yet history-making news stories. We started the day with Prince Harry's nudity photos in the daily edition of The Sun newspaper. The third heir to the British throne may have regretted bringing some girls to his Las Vegas hotel room after they leaked images of him with no clothes on the internet for the whole world to see. It isn't the sophisticated representations the globe is used to seeing a royal family member doing but they obviously haven't heard of Harry's wild party-animal past. However, this story has questioned the responsibility The Sun paper has taken in order publish these photos to people across Britain who have yet to see the images. Former Deputy Prime Minister, John Prescott was particularly upset by the controversial newspaper's actions saying that self-regulation in newspapers has "died". Furthermore, the Press Complai

This is not the time to lose faith in politicians

Role of UK judiciary system put into question again after failing to deal with Julian Assange efficiently Now the Olympics in London has finished, it is now time to relax and enjoy the rest of the summer. Prime Minister David Cameron and Deputy PM Nick Clegg have taken their family to hotter locations and celebrating the fact they do not need to make life-changing decisions for a couple of weeks. Little did they realise is that news and politics is a 24 hour service and their imminent return to the UK means they have a lot of stories to clear up. One story has seen the recent developments to the future of WikiLeaks owner, Julian Assange. Earlier this summer, he was found guilty for a series of rape charges he constantly denied. These charges meant he was supposed to be handed over to the US government by Britain and therefore extradited to Sweden, the country where the alleged incidents occurred. This decision has aggravated several nerves of the Australian "whistle-blower&quo

London 2012 has inspired many generations

Dear Sceptics, who’s laughing now? London 2012 has now concluded and after 18 days* of wonderful, spectacular sport, we have all of a sudden forgotten about the doubts and worries which we feared from the start. There was no problem with security as they did a terrific job and on the track, on the arenas, on the grass, we have seen the most tremendous sport I certainly have ever seen in such a long time. May I say that London 2012 has been more enjoyable than Beijing 2008? It’s not just because of how well Team GB and Iran, of course competing in their most successful Olympics, have done but despite the wonky preparations, we can all relax for two weeks before we start to enjoy the Paralympics. Although I thought that the British stars sparkled on the biggest sporting stage of all, one man has lifted the spirits of the world and has developed from being a great athlete, to a "legendary", inspirational one. Usain Bolt made history in London 2012 by winning 100m, 200m and 4