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Newspin: Balancing the News (UK)

News for Jan 06, 2023

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Prince Harry details physical attack by brother William in new book -- The Guardian

Harry writes in new autobiography Spare that William ‘knocked me to the floor’ during confrontation in London in 2019; The extraordinary scene is one of many in Spare which will be published worldwide next week

Outline: (what is this?) prince harry

Tone: (what is this?) - negative

Discussion: (what is this?) -- Harry, - William, + W


Prince Harry claims physical attack by brother in new book | First Thing -- The Guardian

Harry claims in new autobiography Spare that William ‘knocked me to the floor’ during confrontation in London in 2019; The extraordinary scene is one of many in Spare, which will be published worldwide next week

Outline:  harry claims

Tone:  ± mixed

Discussion:  -- Harry, -- William, -- Meghan

Prince Harry admits doing cocaine as teenager to feel different -- The Independent

Prince Harry has admitted taking cocaine when he was 17 years old; In his new autobiography Spare, the Duke of Sussex explained that he took the illegal drug 'to feel different' It is the latest in a series of dramatic revelations in the book, which is due to be released next week

Outline:  cocaine

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? Apache, ? ell, ? William


Prince Harry spills his secrets in devastating memoir Spare as it happened -- The Times

Update: In Spare, Harrys forthcoming book, he has reportedly revealed that he killed 25 Taliban fighters during his second tour of duty in Afghanistan

Outline:  devastating memoir spare

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  -- Harry, + William, ? Iraq

Shower at home vs at the gym: Whats cheaper? -- BBC News (UK)

Outline:  gym membership

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  + BBC, - gym, ++ S


Former Health Secretary Matt Hancock bids "fond farewell" to his app after five years -- BBC News (UK)

Matt Hancock MP app was the first MP to launch an app; The former culture secretary said it was "time to bid a fond farewell" to what he called an "iconic" app

Outline:  former health secretary matt hancock

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  + Matt Hancock, ? BBC, ? PPE


Body image warning over 'new year, new you' posts -- BBC News (UK)

Plus-size model Felicity Hayward says we shouldn't be under this much pressure; Adverts, social media posts and societal pressure to lose weight can make illness worse

Outline:  body image warning

Tone:  ± mixed

Discussion:  ? China, ? Insta, ? Anorexia

The Papers -- BBC News (UK)

Friday's Mirror: "It's all over now"

Outline:  papers friday

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  - Harry, - Prince Andrew, - William


Our Flag Means Death review a total waste of most of the best comedians in the world -- The Guardian

This pirate comedy is executive-produced by Taika Waititi and boasts a superb cast of comic greats; But why do they provide none of the proper laughs

Outline:  post - office ensemble comedy

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ? Blackbeard, ? Blackadder

Man and woman in court accused of illegally aborting baby -- BBC News (UK)

Elliot Benham, from Wingfield, Swindon and Sophie Harvey, from Cirencester, are also charged with illegally disposing of a baby's body; The pair, both 23, appeared before Cheltenham magistrates and spoke only to confirm their names and addresses

Outline:  abortion

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  - UK, ? US, ? NHS


NHS hospitals moving patients into hotel to free up beds -- BBC News (UK)

Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire trusts are using the hotel for patients who no longer need urgent treatment but need social care; The ICB for the three trusts has booked the "hotel care facility" for up to 30 patients

Outline:  hotel care facility

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? Covid, ? Tory, ? Tories


Doctor saves man's life on London to India flight -- BBC News (UK)

Dr Vishwaraj Vemala, 48, was on his way to India with his mother when a passenger went into cardiac arrest; Aided by medical supplies on board and items from passengers, he twice resuscitated the 43-year-old

Outline:  lengthy resuscitation

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ? India, ? Casablanca, ? Birmingham

Prince Harry says woman with powers gave him message from his late mother Diana -- The Independent

The Duke of Sussex’s autobiography accidentally went on sale in Spain five days earlier than planned; The woman claimed she had a ‘message’ from the late Princess of Wales

Outline:  late mother diana the duke

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ? Harry, ? UK, ? The Works


Prince Harry says woman with powers relayed message from Diana -- The Guardian

Harry writes in autobiography Spare of being told he was ‘living the life she couldn’t’ He says the woman told him his mother was with him ‘right now’ Now 38, Harry will publish Spare next week; The prince says he ‘recognised the high-percentage chance of humbuggery’

Outline:  prince harry

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  -- Harry, ? Diana, ? Guardian

Millions of Twitter user email addresses 'stolen' in data hack -- BBC News (UK)

Leaked data allegedly contains email addresses of more than 200 million Twitter users; Stolen information includes email addresses used to set up accounts, which will worry anonymous users

Outline:  data hack data

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  + Twitter, - Elon, ? BBC


I saw it was over: the boy who tried to escape war in Ukraine via Russia -- The Guardian

Ukraine says Russia’s actions constitute genocide as it is forcibly transferring children from one national group to another; Most of the children are believed to have been moved from Ukrainian orphanages and their destinations are not known

Outline:  russia david

Tone:  ? Unclear

Discussion:  ? St Petersburg

Prince Harry: The door's always open, the ball is in their court -- BBC News (UK)

"The door's always open, the ball is in their court" Prince Harry asked if he will attend King Charles' coronation

Outline:  prince harry

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  - Harry, ++ Meghan, ++ Netflix

Amazon to axe 18,000 jobs as it cuts costs -- BBC News (UK)

Amazon to cut more than 18,000 jobs, CEO says

Outline:  amazon employees

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ++ Amazon, ? Jeff Bezos, ? Biden

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