There have been some dark points this week in the news with the disastrous effects of hurricane Sandy and people sexually abused in North Wales. With David Cameron’s slip ups and spoof Hobbit trailers however, the rest of news has been rather light and has given me a giggle or two- here are the highlights of some things you have missed.
Decades after being in care, Steve Messham and many others like him, based in and around the Bryn Estyn care home in North Wales may finally be getting justice after being sexually abused by those paid to care for them in the 70’s and 80’s.
Children’s Commissioner for Wales, Keith Towler has backed calls for a new inquiry. To get an idea of what went on, Steve, a victim of the sex abuse, recounted one particular event to the BBC.
“I was raped. Tied down, abused by nine men, sexually.”
If that wasn’t enough, BBC reporter Angus Stickler’s investigation into what happened in Clwyd County Council, unearthed a pedophile ring had taken place where children in the care home were allegedly taken to business men, police officers and a rumored conservative public figure for sexual acts. The Waterhouse Inquiry has recently been questioned by Keith Towler as victims like Steve Messham have said their statements to the police were not taken seriously and victims
“had to leave out 30% of abusers… We haven’t been believed, we’ve been swept under the carpet” – Messham
Lets hope a new inquiry goes ahead and publicly shames people who were allegedly involved like they have done with the Savile inquiry. It’s disgusting people are allowed to get away with such horrible violence towards children. Despite being in a different era, it is still a criminal offense if they are proved to be guilty- they should face the laws penalties.
In lighter news, when good intentions and good friends turn round to bite you, it’s never a good thing but for David Cameron- or how he’d prefer to be known, DC- it’s just plain hilarious. We know by now that the Cameron’s and Brooks’ are good family friends but after DC embarrassingly signed LOL (laugh out loud) mean ‘lots of love’, Rebekah Brooks (former CEO of News of the World) and DC’s texting did not stop there. DC later told Rebekah
“Horse CB put me on. Fast, unpredictable and hard to control but fun. DC.”
Why would she want to know about the horse her horse trainer hubby Charlie put him on? Surely Rebekah would have fund out from her husband later on. To add, when did people ever text peoples initials? Perhaps David, sorry, DC was trying to save the tax payer some money by ensuring the text didn’t spill over into two or maybe that’s just how they role down in Eaton.
On second thought, perhaps if ‘fast’ was a typo for fat he could quite easily have been describing Boris Johnson…
These texts and many others like it, is what Lord Leveson has to examine to come to a conclusion on the inquiry into journalist practice in the News of the World. The Brooks are currently awaiting trial for conspiracy to access voice mails and to pervert the court of justice in the case of Milly Dowler.
Boy genius, sixteen year old Nick D’Aloisio has gained almost $1 mill in funding in what may become the defacto format we receive news. His app Summly which has been downloaded over 100,000 times, summaries and simplifies web content. Not just show you a page image. Nick, who has been described as the future Sergey Brin and Larry Page (Google’s founders), came up with the idea while revising for a history exam. He found he was reading interesting, unrelated pages because he didn’t quite know if they were suitable. Using alogrythms, the app bullet points the main features of the article or page so the reader knows what to expect. D’Alosio is only sixteen and hasn’t even passed his GCSE’s yet, loves school and has set his sights on university while also trying to grow the company.
For any Lord of the Rings fans out there, this will be the highlight of the week! Peter Jackson had a cameo in an air safety film shot by Air New Zealand celebrating the up and coming release of the Hobbit. The video has the usual safety announcements and includes iconic characters like Legolas, Gollom and Frodo with Gandalf (Peter Jackson) flying the plane. With hairy feet, beards, pointy ears and an undernourished passenger, I personally think the video should be rolled out to all long distant flights, I can’t think of a better way to start a long, rocky journey through the world. It certainly gave me the giggles- watch it here:
Let me know what you think about the stories this week and what I should have covered in the comments.
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