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Armstrong pedalled to his scandal through power struggle

Lance Armstrong (Image: The Leaf Chronicle) It was a two-and-a-half hour interview which captured the attention of millions around the world as cyclist Lance Armstrong has finally told us his accounts of using performance-enhanced drugs while winning a historical seven consecutive Tour de France titles between 1999 and 2005. He openly apologised to the people he lied to - the spectators, and those he took money from after they wanted to spill the beans during his hey-day. Armstrong was interviewed by Oprah Winfrey - who herself is a history-maker by having an Oscar nomination for best supporting actress for the film "The Color Purple", presenting the most popular talk show for 25 years and is considered to be one of the most powerful women in the world. She had a relatively difficult childhood and managed to turn it around, so much so, that the poverty she lived with at the start of her life was to be reverted as by the end of the 20th Century, she became the ric

Gloomy January tells us being "British" becoming a distant memory

A HMV store (Image: January is widely known to be the gloomiest month of the year. It has been a month past Christmas and we have already spent our money on everything apart from treating ourselves, we're struggling to lose the pounds we gained from our turkey sandwiches diet and getting back to work after a decent break with family and friends is proving more difficult than previously feared. The UK is finding this January in particular gloomier than any other. This week, we discovered one of the nation's favourite retail stores, HMV has entered administration. Its poor sales and profits means the shop which sold our favourite album and film, have surprisingly put their future to the safe hands of the administrators who will put thousands of jobs in potential risk. This news comes days after Jessops closed for business and weeks after Comet bid its farewell to its last store - and to further the disappointment to High Street enthusiasts, Blockbusters (ano

Obama needs to focus on gun crime prevention, rather than gun control

Sandy Hook Elementary receives sympathy for recent massacre there (Image: Daily Telegraph) The end of 2012 was a mixed bag for the people of the United States. First, the country's east coast was victim to a devastating Hurricane Sandy which battered places ranging from the Caribbean Islands to New York City. Shortly afterwards, Barack Obama was re-elected as President of the United States, overcoming close competition against Republican candidate Mitt Romney. And moments before New Year, the US government prevented a "fiscal cliff" which would have meant massive spending cuts and an increase in tax for the people in America. However, in between the fiscal cliff negotiations and the elections, something truly awful occurred in the small quiet town of Newtown in Connecticut on 14th December 2012. Former student of Sandy Hook Elementary, Adam Lanza shot his mother to death at their home, then went to the school and brutally murdered students and teachers before tak