Thursday, December 26, 2019

Leading Remain backer Joylon Maugham QC probed by RSPCA after battering fox to death with baseball bat

A LEADING Remain backer is being probed by the RSPCA after boasting about bludgeoning a fox to death – while wearing his wife’s kimono.

Anti-Brexit campaigner Jolyon Maugham QC flippantly tweeted: “Already this morning I have killed a fox with a baseball bat. How’s your Boxing Day going?”


The RSPCA said on Twitter that the incident was "distressing", after Twitter users tagged the animal welfare organisation in Mr Maugham's post.

The London-based lawyer claimed the fox had "got caught up in the protective netting" around his chickens' house, and he "wasn't sure what else to do.

"Imagine me, slightly post-Xmas in Claire's kimono, wielding bat in urban garden."

His brutal response to the hungry fox provoked a furore on Twitter, with one person replying: "So you clubbed to death a defenceless animal that was already trapped and could no longer have caused harm to your chickens.

"Foxes are also a protected species which means this was an illegal killing.

"You then felt the need to post it on social media – very strange."





When one woman suggested that he should have "sent for the RSPCA to untangle and release it", he replied, "I didn't especially enjoy killing it.

"But I imagine that's what the RSPCA would have done, if they had anyone to call in Central London on Boxing Day."

But after receiving a barrage of scathing comments, Mr Maugham later apologised, saying "sorry to those upset by my tweet.

"My chickens were very distressed by the fox – both before and after I'd despatched [sic] it – and I wanted it out of the way quickly."

Imagine me, slightly post-Xmas in Claire's kimono, wielding bat in urban garden.

Fiona Bingham replied: "I keep chickens too, but I definitely wouldn't bludgeon any animal to death."

He was told by another outraged person on Twitter: "Surely if you have chickens in London, you know the foxes are going to come.

"Shouldn't you have to make sure both are protected in your garden so that you don't have to go out and club it with a baseball bat?"

And one person pointed out: "A fox trapped in netting is unlikely to kill chickens.

"If it was trapped enough to still be there while Jolyon Maugham went to fetch the baseball bat, came back and then killed it then it was presumable too stuck to do anything much."

'URBAN PEST'

Mr Maugham replied on Twitter that "many or most councils in London treat foxes as an urban pest.

"To those concerned I have broken the law, I called and spoke to the RSPCA and left my contact details."

An RSPCA spokeswoman said: "We've been made aware of this and are looking into it."

Government guidelines state that if a fox is caught in a trap or snare on a person's property, they must "humanely kill any fox you catch while it's in the trap or snare".

Gassing or poisoning foxes is prohibited.

Back in 2017, the pro-EU campaigner and three politicians lodged papers in Dublin aimed at preventing the UK from leaving the bloc, after the triggering of Article 50.

His Good Law Project resulted in the mounting of several legal challenges to Brexit.

 

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Daily horoscope for December 26: YOUR star sign reading, astrology and zodiac forecast

Thursday, December 26 will be primarily affected by a Solar Eclipse in Capricorn. This eclipse occurs around the sixth degree in Capricorn.

You should take care to see where this degree falls in your chart.

Ask yourself if there is anything you wish to change about yourself and whether it is time to try something new

MarStars Astrology’s Marina Stoichkova

This will show you which life area will be triggered by this Solar Eclipse.

Marina Stoichkova, an astrologer from MarStars Astrology, believes today is a time to look closer into yourself.

She said: “Ask yourself if there is anything you wish to change about yourself and whether it is time to try something new.”

Thursday’s other main aspect – a Sun—Moon Quintile in Neptune can really help with your horoscope today.

A quintile will not only say something about an individual’s personal style but also the style and technical quality of their creative work.

The quintile series is strongly emphasised in the charts of people who are preoccupied with making, forming, linking and arranging things.

The MarStars Astrology expert thinks this type of aspect can help with intuition.

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She said: “This combination will allow you to feel guided.

“You will know internally what change you will need to make.

“This aspect will also help you feel more compassionate and kinder with other people.

“You will also be more inclined to deal with more spiritual practices, such as meditation or yoga.”

Expect to feel more goal-orientated and inspired as a result.

Thursday, December 26 is therefore one of the most important of the week.

This week also happens to be the beginning of the eclipse’s corridor.

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EastEnders spoilers: Dotty Cotton to rumble Martin and expose Keanu’s death? Here's how

EastEnders delivered an extremely dramatic Christmas Day special episode last night which saw Martin Fowler (played by James Bye) kill Keanu Taylor (Danny Walters) following an order from Ben Mitchell (Max Bowden). With another death to add to his list, Martin will now look over his shoulder every single day, worrying he will be exposed for his heinous crimes. And it seems there is one person he should be extremely wary of; Dotty Cotton (Milly Zero). 

Keanu and Sharon Mitchell (Letitia Dean) have been sleeping with one another for months behind Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden) and Louise Mitchell’s (Tilly Keeper) back. 

In a huge plot twist, Sharon found out she was pregnant, and the worst was confirmed when she did a paternity test and the baby’s DNA matched Keanu’s. 

Determined to keep her secret, fans of EastEnders were surprised to learn how Tilly knew all along about their affair, as she revealed herself to be the mystery blackmailer sending Sharon threatening text messages back in the summer last week. 

Last night, the whole sordid situation exploded, but it was not the Mitchell’s who physically got their revenge, instead, Ben took control of the aftermath and summoned Martin to do their dirty work. 

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Scenes showed Martin knocking Keanu out by drugging him, and then supposedly killing him in a warehouse far away from Walford. 

In an attempt to prove his capabilities to Ben, the fruit and veg market stall holder filmed Keanu’s death on his mobile phone. 

And once the body was disposed of, he returned to the Square and met Ben down an alleyway where he played the footage. 

But, it seems Martin should be careful about where he places that phone, because there is one person who is out to get him – Dotty. 

Since returning to the Square, Dotty has made her feelings clear towards Martin; she doesn’t trust him and will do anything to take him down. 

During last night’s explosive instalment, Dotty accused Martin of attempting to steal money from Dot Cotton’s (June Brown) account. 

Once everyone had gathered around the living room to exchange presents, Dot’s mobile rung out and Dotty wasted no time in reading out the message she had received. 

It was her bank, notifying her she had been a victim of a fraud attempt and her granddaughter wasted no time in placing the blame on Martin. 

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Having been suspicious of Martin ever since he pinned her up against the wall, what lengths will Dotty go to in order to destroy him? 

There is a strong possibility this storyline will develop and show Dotty rifling through Martin’s phone to try and find evidence to pin Martin for the attempted back transfer. 

But what is going to happen should she find the video of Keanu being shot? 

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Elsewhere in the Square, Linda Carter (Kellie Bright) is going to make a big decision. 

It comes as the Queen Vic landlady has been turning to the bottle in recent weeks as a coping mechanism for the changes in her life. 

Unable to deal with her son’s autism diagnosis, she is determined to soldier on – drunk. 

When husband Mick Carter (Danny Dyer) issues her an ultimatum, it will be a sad moment when Linda chooses the alcohol over her husband and marriage. 

EastEnders returns tomorrow night on BBC One. 

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Boy, 9, writes heartbreaking letter to Santa asking for ‘food and clothes for his family’ – and gets incredible response – The Sun

A NINE-year-old boy wrote a heartbreaking letter to Santa asking for “food and clothes for his family” – and received an incredible response.

Postal worker Melissa Stinsman, who voluntarily replies to children’s notes to the North Pole, cried when she opened the boy’s letter.

At first glance, the list of requests looked fairly typical – with the child asking Santa for a phone, Lego, Roblox toys and a trampoline.

But then Melissa, who works at the Bloomsburg Post Office in Pennsylvania, noticed the boy had starred several items, including food and clothing for his family.

Underneath the list, he wrote: “Dear Santa, I am going to star the top three items I really want.”

In a separate letter, the nine-year-old said: “Dear Santa, last year you didn’t notice me, so I hope this year you notice me, and this year I will be good. I pinkie promise…”

Melissa broke down in tears when she opened the letters.

“When I read the letter, I cried,” she told Yahoo Lifestyle.

She desperately wanted to help, but the letter had no return address.

Fortunately the child had signed his full name, so Melissa asked around her colleagues and a mail carrier recognized the last name from the route.

Melissa visited the family home and told the boy’s mom she had opened her son’s letters.

She recalled how she told the mom: “I’d like to help you guys this year”.

In shock, the mom apparently responded, asking: “Is this real?”

Melissa started a money pool which has so far raised $500.

Members of the community have also donated gift cards, toys and clothing.

Some also dropped off food at the post office.

Melissa praised the community for their support, saying: “It’s doable if everyone comes together.”

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Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Families hit out after Christmas dinner is ruined by 'rotten' turkeys

‘It smells horrendous’: Families are hit out at supermarkets including Tesco and Morrisons after discovering their Christmas dinner is ruined by ‘rotten’ and ‘stinking’ turkeys

  • Customers from Tesco, Aldi and Morrisons were left disappointed with food 
  • Some claim their poultry was rancid and completely covered in green mould 
  • Others blamed the supermarkets for ruining their Christmas and dinners  

Christmas dinners across the country have been ruined by rancid and rotting turkeys and chickens that were sold by various supermarkets.  

Some people who bought festive poultry from Tesco, Aldi and Morrisons were forced to make last minute changes to their meals when they found their meat covered in mould. 

Peter Thomlinson said: ‘Well thanks Aldi for the chicken that has gone off before its date and smells horrendous. 

Some people who bought festive poultry from Tesco, Aldi and Morrisons were forced to make last minute changes to their meals when they found their meat covered in mould

‘That’s Christmas dinner ruined.’

While Chelly Carrier said: ‘Turkey is utterly vile! Thank you Aldi!

‘Chicken nuggets and cranberry sauce it is. Feel really let down and not sure we can trust you again.’

Mary Hannam-Norris said: ‘We haven’t long opened our fresh Christmas turkey crown purchased from your store dated use by December 26. And it’s gone off! It stinks. 

‘This is the first year I have hosted Christmas dinner and I am heart broken to not have any meat to feed my family and guests.

‘Deeply disappointed. What poor quality.’ 

One unhappy customer blamed Tesco for ruining their Christmas and posted a picture of a turkey with a large gash in its back surrounded by what appeared to be rotten flesh. 

According to British Turkey, a rotten bird will smell ‘very gamey or acrid’. 

One unhappy customer blamed Tesco for ruining their Christmas and posted a picture of a turkey with a large gash in its back surrounded by what appeared to be rotten flesh

The website states: ‘The flesh could also have a greenish tinge and feel quite slimy. If in any doubt, don’t risk it, bin it.

‘The flesh should be in good colour and look moist in appearance with no dry flaky patches.’    

An Aldi spokesperson said: ‘We are sorry that, in a small number of instances, we did not meet our usual high-quality standards.

An Aldi spokesperson said: ‘We are sorry that, in a small number of instances, we did not meet our usual high-quality standards’

 ‘Customers can return any product that they are not satisfied with to their nearest store for a full refund, or alternatively contact our customer services department.’ 

A Tesco spokesperson said: ‘The turkey is an important part of many Christmas dinners, so we take great care when selecting and preparing our turkeys.

‘We’re sorry to hear about this incident and if Beth returns the product to one of our stores we can investigate further.’

Morrisons has been contacted for comment.

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A Longtime Explanation For Anakin Skywalker's Creation Was Just Debunked

Star Wars is full of far-fetched and out-of-this-world ideas. It is a franchise literally based on space knights that fight with laser beam swords, after all. But that makes it all the more fascinating and just adds to why fans love it so much. However, some of the biggest mysteries in that galaxy have yet to be answered, so it’s always a relief when a new story or tidbit does give some enlightenment. When it comes to how Anakin Skywalker was created, though, you’re going to be thinking on that one much longer. Because a longtime explanation has been debunked, and it’s back to the drawing board we go. 

It was long-believed that Anakin was created by Palpatine 

First, let’s look at what the theory was originally. In the final issue of the Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith comics, as reported by Fansided, Darth Vader enters the World Between Worlds. This is the exact same plane that Ezra went into in Star Wars Rebels, which allowed him to save Ahsoka. It’s also where they went up against Palpatine, leading many to believe it would play a role in The Rise of Skywalker

It’s a realm that connects all of time and space and looks different for each person that walks through it. For Ezra, it brought him to Ahsoka, for Darth Vader, it haunted him with visions of his fears and his past intertwined. One of those visions implies that Palpatine manifested the Midichlorians in Shmi Skywalker to create Anakin. Remember, in The Phantom Menace, Shmi tells Qui-Gon Jinn that Ani doesn’t have a father because one day she just woke up pregnant. 

Because of Shmi’s explanation that Anakin just sprung into creation, and his high Midichlorian count, Qui-Gon fervently believed he was The Chosen One. However, despite what the comic implied, and what many accepted as his origin, Palpatine did not create Anakin Skywalker. 

Lucasfilm Story Group confirms that Palpatine did NOT have anything to do with Anakin’s birth 

The Twitter account @CultureCrave wrote on Dec. 22 that according to Lucasfilm creative Matt Martin, “Palpatine didn’t create Anakin Skywalker with the Force.” They reported that Martin said, “This is all in Anakin’s head … I can tell you definitively, as someone who worked on the comic, that is 100% not the intended implication.”

Martin, who is the Lucasfilm Story Group Creative Executive in charge of how the Star Wars narrative and lore works, followed up with his own tweet. “It’s part of my job to ensure the stories are aligned with the overall vision of Star Wars,” he wrote. “If the intention was to make a direct connection between Palps and Anakin’s birth, I would have had it removed.”

George Lucas wanted Anakin’s birth to be as mysterious as possible

Martin also shared that George Lucas purposely never explained Anakin’s birth and creation because he wanted that ambiguity there. “George planned a lot of things that didn’t make it in the film,” Martin tweeted about a deleted scene from Revenge of the Sith that could have made this canon in 2005. “He chose not to go that direction for a reason. Old versions of scripts are not statements of fact. They’re riddled with abandoned ideas. That’s the nature of writing.”

Charles Soule, the co-writer for the comics, followed up in this thread too and confirmed what Martin said. “… You need to understand the scenario happening here. The Dark Side is not a reliable narrator.” He’s referring to the fact that, in this scene, Vader is having a lot of visions and it’s brought on by the Dark Side. As opposed to Ezra, who is able to see the true events of Ahsoka’s past, and intervene in her death. These Dark Side hallucinations are similar to how Anakin was tricked by the Son on Mortis in The Clone Wars

So there you have it. Despite having a pretty plausible explanation to his creation, Anakin’s birth still remains a mystery. And it’s likely to stay that way forever, if Lucas has any say in it (which he does).

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Christina Anstead Is 'Definitely Done' Having Kids After Son Hudson's Birth


The magic number! Christina Anstead and Ant Anstead don’t have plans to add any more babies to their brood.

“Oh, no. We’re done,” the Christina on the Coast star, 36, exclusively reveals in the new issue of Us Weekly when asked about having more kids. “We’re done. We’re done. We’re definitely done! So done. We’re done.”

The Flip or Flop star and her husband, 40, welcomed their baby boy, Hudson, in September. Christina also shares Taylor, 9, and Brayden, 4, with her ex-husband, Tarek El Moussa, while the Wheeler Dealers host welcomed Amelie and Archie in a previous marriage.

Hudson has been the California native’s “hardest baby,” she tells Us, explaining, “He still really just likes being in the house. He doesn’t like going out. As a very busy family, that’s been very difficult. But since he hit the 3-month mark, he’s been doing a lot better. A lot more smiles and coos and sleeping better.”

The Flip Your Life author gushed about the infant’s sleeping skills, saying he is “only waking up one time throughout the night.”

While Christina feels like she and Hudson are now “on the right track,” she initially felt “like a moron” post-C-section. “I felt totally fine since one week postpartum, like, zero pain … but I was resting and taking it easy … and then I threw Tay[lor] a birthday party and was lifting and running around all weekend,” she captioned a September Instagram post. “Yesterday I woke up like, ‘Oh, crap,’ and today ‘Oh, crap’ turned into ‘Oh, s—t.’”

Christina went on to write, “I definitely hurt myself. It’s not the C-section incision area that hurts, it’s my left abdomen and it hurts bad. So please, anyone who just had a baby, don’t overdue [sic] it. I always want to be the people-pleaser in the family and make sure everyone knows how much I care about them, but in doing so, I wasn’t taking care of myself. Back to bed rest and baby cuddles.”

The new season of Christina on the Coast premieres on HGTV Thursday, January 2, at 9 p.m. ET.

For more information on Christina’s family dynamics, watch the video above and check out the latest issue of Us Weekly, on newsstands now.

With reporting by Ingrid Meilan

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Leading Remain backer Joylon Maugham QC probed by RSPCA after battering fox to death with baseball bat

A LEADING Remain backer is being probed by the RSPCA after boasting about bludgeoning a fox to death – while wearing his wife’s kimono. Anti...