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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
COUPLE of rants this week. First off, news that nearly two thirds of supposed, unaccompanied child refugees challenged about their real age after coming to Britain were found to be adults. In the year to June 2017, according to an official report, 65 per cent of asylum seekers assessed claiming…
RARELY has news that a public official, the ideologically-driven Director of Public Prosecutions for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), Alison Saunders, is leaving their post been greeted with such glee. One of her worst moments was when her decision not to charge the Labour peer Lord Janner with alleged child…
NO-SHOWS, the curse of many UK restaurants, are now so commonplace that some name and shame them online like local papers once did to paedophiles. Over one single weekend a Peterborough restaurant lost £3,000, while over a month an Edinburgh chef had 450 no-shows and cancellations. Apparently, people book several…
NEWS that the Metropolitan Police responded to calls relating to the recent KFC closures - ‘Please do not contact us about the #KFCCrisis, it is not a police matter if your favourite eatery is not serving the menu that you desire’ -makes you wonder, whatever next? Last year, Police Scotland’s…
ACCORDING to a recent survey, 11 per cent of young adults believe Margaret Thatcher was prime minister during the First World War. If you think that’s bad enough, a 2015 survey suggests that 20 per cent of youngsters believe fish fingers are fingers from actual fish. Problem is, people are…
THE announcement that British Airways seats are to shrink in order to squeeze more passengers into economy rows on some aircraft is just the latest in a series of changes at the beleaguered airline, struggling to compete with budget rivals. In January 2017, BA stopped free food on short haul…
THE Mobile World Congress was held recently in Barcelona where Cataluña’s political and constitutional crisis has not gone unnoticed by the Congress’s organisers GSMA. They have agreed to hold the annual conference in Barcelona until 2023, a spokeswoman said: “But we will continue to monitor events in Spain and Cataluña…
THE #MeToo movement is too focused on isolated incidents of male misconduct and must do more than simply ‘collect scalps,’ the historian Mary Beard has said. And I can’t help agreeing with her. The pendulum is swinging, but I suspect it could swing too far the other way thanks to…
THERE appears to be no let-up in allegations of misconduct by charity aid workers. UN believes more than 600 women and children suffered sexual abuse and exploitation by its peacekeepers. Oxfam workers in Haiti reportedly paid teenage prostitutes with rice, aid staff swapped wheat for sex in Africa, while those…
WHAT’S going on in the UK? We read that the NHS was forced to pay £1,500 for a £2 pot of moisturiser, people have been extortionately fined for putting cardboard boxes in the wrong recycling bins, plus there’s been a torrent of false rape allegations. First up, the owner of…
ACCORDING to a recent medical study, adolescence now stretches to the age of 24 as growing up is slowing down. Is this delayed development because we’ve feather-bedded today’s youngsters so that they stay at school till 18, followed by three further years avoiding responsibility at uni (for them, just three…
AS divisions within the Conservative Party deepen and plots thicken, the prospect of a leadership challenge increases daily for Theresa May. But who could take over? The one thing that the Brexit negotiations have demonstrated is that we simply don’t have the calibre of politician around who can deal efficiently…
LAST week I wrote about a restaurant that was briefly rated number one on TripAdvisor - this week about another three that are similarly top rated by TripAdvisor. So what’s the difference? Well, the first one, the Shed, was a total fake, whereas these three are genuine restaurants, set up…
THERE are so many daft ‘fake’ stories doing the rounds now. But surely all are topped by the one about the man who created a fake restaurant in his garden, purely to hoax TripAdvisor. ‘The Shed’ in Dulwich, England, became an internet hit, ranked number one on TripAdvisor, even though…
HEARD about the latest coffee trends for 2018? Lattes souped-up with everything from chia seeds to coconut oil, and ‘bulletproof’ coffee that replaces milk with butter and coconut oil, then blitzes the whole thing into a froth. This allegedly suppresses your hunger and makes you energetic. Phew! But have you…
WHAT’S the 2017 food trend you’d most like to see the back of? For some, it’s sharing plates that come out in the order that suits the kitchen, and waiters taking orders without notepads. Plus: communal seating, no bookings, no getting in. Except for making you stand in a line…
WHAT will fashionable babies be called in 2018? Will slebs carry on giving kids daft names (Apple, Moon Unit etc) or follow the example of George and Amal Clooney with more traditional ones (Ella and Alexander)? Whilst I’m all in favour of the Clooneys’ choice of names, let’s hope their…
LOOKING back over 2017, I can’t recall a year so full of odd clothes trends. For instance, mismatched earrings and shoes, underwear intended as outerwear: slips, pyjamas, you name it. Likewise playsuits - which shouldn’t be worn by anyone over three - let alone such grotesque footwear as ‘flatforms.’ Even…
IT must be Christmas - with the advent of all the usual political correctness! First off, there’s Father Desmond O’Donnell, an Irish Catholic priest, urging Christians to abandon the word ‘Christmas’ because, for him, the words ‘Christmas’ and ‘Easter’ have lost all sacred meaning. Then there’s the vicar who banned…
INSPIRED by the #MeToo campaign against sexual harassment, a PR consultant wants the Sleeping Beauty story taken off the curriculum at her son’s school because the non-consensual kiss by the prince who wakes her up has an ‘inappropriate sexual message.’ For goodness sake! What’s the world coming to? For centuries,…

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