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Newspin: Balancing the News (UK)

News for Nov 13, 2022

Old so and so is at it again… probably. Here's what else is happening, served with a delicious side of slow-cooked analysis.

King gives up to 600 to staff to help with cost of living crisis -- BBC News (UK)

King Charles to give staff bonuses from his private income

Outline: (what is this?) other royal household staff

Tone: (what is this?) + positive

Discussion: (what is this?) + Charles, ± Cornwall, ++ UK


UK health secretary says nurses pay demands not reasonable or affordable -- The Guardian

The RCN announced on Wednesday that its members in the majority of NHS employers across the UK have backed industrial action; Industrial action is expected to be held before the end of the year at some of the UK’s biggest hospitals

Outline:  massive pay rise

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ? Trump, ? Brexit, ? Labour


Foodbank spends 500 a week to meet demand during cost-of-living -- BBC News (UK)

Hinckley Area Foodbank in Leicestershire said number of people contacting it doubled in six months; Managers said they had been forced to top up donations of food using grant funding

Outline:  foodbank

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ? Wales, ? US

I'm A Celebrity: Matt Hancock asks for forgiveness -- BBC News (UK)

Former UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock asks for "a bit of forgiveness" in I'm A Celebrity jungle

Outline:  former uk health secretary matt hancock

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  - covid, -- Hancock, -- BBC


Matt Hancock just ate a penis, a vagina and an anus on TV -- The Independent

Former health secretary has eaten all sorts of ungodly things on I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here; His main course was 'williy-con-carne' aka a camel's penis

Outline:  former health secretary matt hancock

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  -- Matt Hancock, ? Matt Handcock, ? House of Commons

Big Bens iconic bongs return after restoration work -- BBC News (UK)

Big Ben will be struck 11 times at 11:00 on Remembrance Sunday to mark the beginning of the two-minute silence; Clockmakers Ian Westworth and Alex Jeffrey spoke to the BBC about bringing the bells back into service

Outline:  big bens

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ++ Big Ben, - UK, ? Brexit


Man discovers bud had been lodged in his ear for five years -- BBC News (UK)

Man who feared he was going deaf discovers earbud lodged in his ear for five years

Outline:  deaf discovers earbud

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ± BBC, ? China, ? Colonel Heinz

The south coast is under invasion -- The Telegraph

"It would be difficult for anyone who believes in laws and borders not to resent these illegal Channel crossings"

Outline:  invasion

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  -- UK, -- France, -- Rwanda


Jabs to be given to people at Manston Migrant Centre after spike in diphtheria cases -- BBC News (UK)

39 diphtheria cases had been identified in asylum seekers in England this year up to 10 November; UK Health Security Agency said it followed a spike in infections

Outline:  diphtheria cases migrants

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  -- UK, ++ France, ++ covid


Britain and France reach deal on migrants -- The Telegraph

Britain is set to agree a Channel migrant deal with France as early as Monday where the French will put more police on the beaches, pledge to stop more small boats leaving and establish a joint control centre

Outline:  french patrols

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? France, ? China, ? Priti Patel

US midterms: Senate race neck-and-neck as Democrat Mark Kelly wins Arizona -- BBC News (UK)

Democrats win Arizona Senate race

Outline:  arizona senate race us president joe biden

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  -- Trump, ++ America, - Arizona


Ron DeSantis: How the Republican governor conquered Florida -- BBC News (UK)

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis won by a landslide of more than a million and a half votes; He is now the undisputed star of the Republican Party in the US midterm elections

Outline:  florida governor ron desantis

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ++ Florida, -- Trump, ? Desantis


Watch: Joe Biden's latest gaffe at Asean summit -- The Telegraph

US President Joe Biden on Saturday referred to Cambodia, which is hosting an international summit led by Southeast Asian leaders, as Colombia

Outline:  asean summit us president joe biden

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ? Iran, ? Biden, ? TWITTER

Banksy unveils Ukraine gymnast mural on building shelled by Russia -- BBC News (UK)

Banksy posted a picture on Instagram of the mural in Borodyanka, Ukraine; It depicts a gymnast doing a handstand in the wreckage left by Russian shelling

Outline:  ukraine gymnast mural

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ? Ukraine, ? Banksy, ? NATO


Vandals smash "precious and beautiful" church windows -- BBC News (UK)

Vandals smashed six glass panes at Llanllwchaiarn church, near Newtown, Powys; Rector believes a bar from a nearby grave was used to cause the damage

Outline:  church windows vandals

Tone:  -- v. negative

Discussion:  ? bbc, ? Brazil, ? Repair Shop

Hundreds of thousands struggle to get Peter Kay tour tickets -- BBC News (UK)

Comedian's comeback tour starts in Manchester on 2 December and will run until June 2025; Kay, 49, will become the first entertainer to hold a residency at London's O2 arena

Outline:  peter kay tour tickets

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ++ Peter Kay, -- Ticketmaster, ? BBC


Disabled people "don't feel welcome in nightclubs" -- BBC News (UK)

A quick browse through a range of websites for Cardiff and Swansea nightclubs makes for sobering reading; Only one club of a random sample had any explanation of its accessibility

Outline:  nightclub accessibility

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? BBC, ? Hitler, ? jack

Iranian who made Paris airport home for 18 years dies -- BBC News (UK)

Mehran Karimi Nasseri made a small area of Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport his home in 1988; His experience inspired the 2004 film, The Terminal, starring Tom Hanks

Outline:  paris airport

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ? England, ? Steven Spielberg, ? Charles De Gaulle

Keith Levene: The Clash guitarist and founding member dies aged 65 -- BBC News (UK)

Levene founded The Clash with Mick Jones in the 1970s but left before they became successful; He then joined Public Image Ltd, the band set up by John Lydon after he left the Sex Pistols

Outline:  clash guitarist

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ? covid, ? Keith, ? cancer

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