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Newspin: Balancing the News (UK)

News for Dec 04, 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 Charles donates fridges and freezers to food banks -- BBC News (UK)

White goods will be distributed to local charities and food banks identified by London-based charity, The Felix Project; Up to 800 fridges and freezers will be delivered between now and spring

Outline: (what is this?) donations

Tone: (what is this?) + positive

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


Vicar left in tears over community's food poverty as cost of living rises -- BBC News (UK)

St Peter's in Holywell, Flintshire, hosts free meals every Monday and will feed about 80 on Christmas Day

Outline:  free christmas day meals

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ++ E, -- BBC, ? Kiev


How much will Christmas dinner cost this year? -- BBC News (UK)

Price of seven key items has risen by £5.36 over a year, with chipolatas seeing the steepest jump; A basic Christmas dinner for five people for five will cost £30.03 compared to£24.67 last year

Outline:  christmas dinner cost

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? Ukraine, ? Tesco, ? Brexit

Prince and Princess of Wales believe they have won US battle against Sussexes -- The Telegraph

"While Prince Harry and Meghan continued to paint themselves as victims, heads in hands, tearing their hair out at the unfairness of it all, the Prince and Princess were simply getting on with the job." reports from Boston

Outline:  prince harry

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ? USA, ? Prince Andrew, ? William


Sussexes took photographer into Buckingham Palace without late Queens permission -- The Telegraph

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been accused of taking a private photographer into Buckingham Palace without permission during their farewell tour in Britain. reports

Outline:  unauthorised photographer

Tone:  ± mixed

Discussion:  ? Harry Potter, ? Queen, ? Esther


Princess of Wales and Duchess of Sussex 'to be pitted against one another' in Netflix documentary -- The Telegraph

The Princess of Wales and the Duchess of Sussex are to be pitted against one another in the Sussexes' forthcoming Netflix documentary amid claims they were treated differently by the palace and the press, insiders fear

Outline:  royal family

Tone:  ± mixed

Discussion:  + Meghan, ++ M, ++ Catherine

Serbia fans showed fascist slogans and sang kill Albanians at World Cup game -- The Guardian

Rrahmani describes being set upon by ‘seven or eight” Serbia supporters upon exiting the stadium area

Outline:  serbia fans

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  - Serbs, ? UK, ? europe

Pel says he is feeling strong after reports of move to end-of-life care -- The Guardian

Pel moved to end-of-life care in hospital, reports say

Outline:  pelé

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? Pele, ? Jesse Owens, ? Garth Crooks


Football legend Pele has been moved to palliative care after becoming unresponsive to chemotherapy in his battle with cancer, according to reports in Brazil -- ITV News

Outline:  football legend pele

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? Pele

Cambridge academic who sparked student protests appointed to Governments equality board -- The Telegraph

A Cambridge don who sparked protests by inviting a gender critical feminist author to speak to students has been appointed to the board of the Governments Equality and Human Rights Commission

Outline:  human rights commission professor arif ahmed

Tone:  ++ v. positive


'I'm living in fear for my life in Afghanistan' -- BBC News (UK)

Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme (ACRS) has been too slow to get up and running; It is nearly 11 months since the UK launched scheme to help vulnerable Afghans come to the UK

Outline:  vulnerable afghans

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? UK, ? England, ? Joe Biden


Ngozi Fulani: The activist proud of her African roots who found herself at the centre of a royal race storm -- The Telegraph

Lady Susan Hussey was repeatedly asked where she was ‘really’ from

Outline:  ngozi fulani

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? Iran, ? Lady Susan, ? UN

Parents feel powerless over children's social media use, says actress Kate Winslet -- BBC News (UK)

Kate Winslet tells Laura Kuenssberg there should be age blocks for social media sites; She said security checks could be more rigorous and those in power "should step up" to protect children

Outline:  life daughter mia threapleton

Tone:  ± mixed

Discussion:  ++ Bayer, ? Google classroom, ? Kate


Channel crossings: Dozens of Albanian child migrants go missing -- BBC News (UK)

Dozens of Albanian child migrants have gone missing in UK this year

Outline:  unaccompanied albanian children

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  - UK, ? Albania, ? Russia


Arrest as girl, 16, dies after taking tablet in nightclub -- BBC News (UK)

A 16-year-old boy has been arrested after a girl, 16, died in hospital; She had taken an "unknown substance" at a nightclub in Exeter, Devon and Cornwall Police said

Outline:  drugs

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? iPad, ? Xbox, ? Twitter

Harry appears as Spider-Man in special message to bereaved military children -- ITV News

Outline:  harry

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ± Harry, ? Santa, ? netflix


Prince Harry dresses up as Spiderman in adorable new video message -- Metro

'Our parents always want us to have fun' Prince Harry has dressed up as Spiderman to send a special Christmas message on behalf of Scottys Little Soldiers, a charity that works with bereaved military children

Outline:  prince harry dresses

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ? Harry

Man who made 68 calls to 999 found drunk in bed -- BBC News (UK)

Nottinghamshire Police said the man hung up on officers when they tried to find out what was wrong; Officers said the number was "not there to be called for trivial matters" Officers were also called by an intoxicated Mansfield man who asked for help getting out of a shed

Outline:  inappropriate calls

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ? Rwanda, ? TWITTER, ? Newark

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