Thursday, 27 April 2017

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Nora is the author of popular psychological suspense and crime thrillers and a free-lance journalist. To comment on any of the issues raised in her column, go to www.euroweeklynews.com/3.0.15/nora-johnson

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STOP PRESS! The story behind the headlines

IT’S not often I’m left speechless, but that’s precisely what happened during a recent appointment with my gynaecologist in London. As soon as all the medical stuff was over, his next words were: “That novel of yours could have been about me!” As I said, I was speechless, having no…

Fake research and some fake Latin tattoos ... Ad nauseam

HAVE you got a tattoo, like Angelina Jolie or David Beckham, fashionably in Latin? Do you take the latest health and medical research seriously? Now, bear with me here: I’m writing about fakery, which affects us all one way or another. Firstly, news that over 300 allegations of plagiarism, fabrication…

That’s just rich! Lies, predictions and the world’s billionaires

MICROSOFT founder Bill Gates (with $86 billion) again tops Forbes’ list of the world’s richest people with the number of billionaires increasing by 13 per cent. But bad news for Trump who dropped 220 places and $1 billion, and must now rub along on just $3.5 billion. Bless! Many recoil…

Brexit and the latest act in political drama “project fear”

TOGETHER with news that Theresa May’s fired the starting pistol for triggering Article 50 imminently, it was also announced that Parliament will need to pass at least seven controversial bills to prepare Britain for life outside the EU. Each new law will give MPs and peers the opportunity to influence…

Stop press! Is Theresa May after a hard Brexit or soft crexit?

NEWS that Theresa May is giving up crisps for Lent - salt and vinegar variety, since you ask – made me wonder what else people are giving up. Is Jeremy Corbyn giving up trying to lead the Labour Party, or is that just the impression he seems to give? And,…

TRUMP THIS! The Donald on women's looks and bodies

IF you could see inside my head, you’d find some profoundly insightful thoughts about the rise of the far right in European politics. Before you got there, though, you’d find the following: Donald Trump’s recent edict that White House female employees “dress like women”. Now Trump’s always made it clear…

Blair & Hogan-Howe aren’t fading away, but are away with the fairies

THIS week my ‘targets’ are two old favourites, Tony Blair and Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe. Now, bear with me here - don’t panic! In a recent speech, Blair signalled a return to frontline politics, claiming that Brexit isn’t inevitable and that Brits voted with ‘imperfect knowledge’ of what the alternative was…

Who wants to be a millionaire? Even lottery winners are victims now

NEWS that Britain’s youngest Euromillions winner, Jane Park, had planned to sue lottery bosses for negligence for ‘ruining’ her life is hardly surprising. ‘I thought it would make it 10 times better but it’s made it 10 times worse. I wish I had no money most days,’ she moaned. Only…

Brexit: how much of a generation gap will there be in the future?

The Institute for Fiscal Studies, a leading think tank, warns of future tax rises and spending cuts to eliminate Britain’s huge budget deficit. And the bottom line? Older people will still be better off than they were pre-crash (2008/9), young people won’t. In other words, the younger generation will be…

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WITH the despatch of Article 50, the gauntlets have been…

Trump’s state visits will fit in nicely

Donald Trump has provoked massive hysteria recently, particularly concerning his proposed state visit. However, as Brexit Britain prepares to launch itself back into the big wide world of global commerce, isn’t it time to take a more pragmatic view - just as we did with the state visits of the…

Want to get a weighty issue off your mind?

FEELING fit, fabulous and fantastic? No, thought not. Feeling fat, broke and Brex-bewildered instead? Well, be grateful January is over! January is the month for New Year’s resolutions, self-flagellation, weird diets, alcohol bans and shedding the excesses of the Christmas season currently hanging around your waistline. But spoiler alert: fad…

Could Blair pick up the Brexodus baton?

THIS week I was planning to write about the post-neoclassical endogenous growth theory. Quite brief. Provocative. And thrilling. You’d have loved it. Trust me. I’m a journo… Never mind! But then something happened. My blood pressure started rising rapidly. And not in a good way. After weeks of depressing news…

Nostalgia sure ain’t what it used to be!

THE tsunami of revivals and relaunches that hit TV late last year is hardly surprising given the country’s Brexit blues and people craving comfort viewing – pure TV nostalgia. We had revivals of Are You Being Served?, Porridge, and one-off remakes of original episodes from three of the greatest sitcoms:…

2016: The good, the bad and the bonkers

I WROTE last time about 2016, the year of the political earthquake, and pollsters, pundits, bookies - you name it - getting everything wrong! Well, this time, let’s look not at events of 2016, but at some of the people who made the headlines. We saw David Cameron stepping down…

The good, the bad and the bizarre of 2016

Have you recovered yet? No, not from your annual boozathon, but from 2016. What a year for pollsters, pundits, bookies getting it wrong! First, Brexit, then Donald Trump. Yes, if only Michael Fish (remember him?) had been plying his trade last year, he’d have looked bang-on. It’s too early to…

A plea to hoteliers in 2017!

It’s happened again. Every time I return to London, it’s the same old, same old. Namely, a minuscule room in a trendy hotel costing an arm and a leg, and where I end up feeling less at home than in my own home! A major bugbear is inadequate soundproofing not…

Christmas is falling victim to politically correct obsession

Parents have been told by academics to stop pretending Father Christmas is real in case the ‘lie’ damages relations with their children who might then question what else mum and dad are lying about. What! First, no Father Christmas; next they’ll be telling us politicians tell the truth and do…

The rip-off Winter ‘Blunderland’ of Grotty Grottos is upon us

YOU can tell Christmas isn’t far off when the annual ‘families ripped off by unscrupulous and entirely predictable seasonal Winter Wonderland theme-park extravaganza’ is upon us. This is like Groundhog Day, yet another year, yet another traditional Christmas fiasco. For the past few years problems at these Winter Wonderland events…

The future of the EU after Brexit: will it be boosted or broken?

FOLLOWING Trump-a-thon and Brexit, the EU is facing a series of make-or-break elections in the coming months. With Trump in the White House, Italy lurching from crisis to crisis, France’s Le Pen waiting in the wings, Austria and the Netherlands becoming increasingly Eurosceptic (plus Erdogan’s threats), life will become even…

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