MINNEAPOLIS — They have gathered in defiance of the freezing temperatures on a late February’s night, scores of them twirling Somali flags in one hand and American flags in the other, crowding around the arrivals terminal and waiting to welcome one of their own. The vast Somali community in the Twin Cities is like one sprawling extended family, explains Ali Aden, a 39-year-old engineer who came to the U.S. two decades ago, as we survey the scene. When a prominent member of the family arrives, it’s customary to greet them this way. “Is it Congresswoman Omar they’re waiting for?” I ask, referencing the freshman Democrat whose district we’re standing in. “Ilhan?” he smiles broadly. “No, no. If it were Ilhan, the whole city would be here.” As it turns out, the reception is for an obscure Somali government dignitary. In normal times, his arrival would be the talk of the local expat community; some 80,000 people of Somali … [Read more...] about The Democrats’ dilemma
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Keith Barry is busy prepping a new live show, but he takes time out to perform some magic on Pat Fitzpatrick – and even teach him a trick or two.There’s a whiff of danger about Keith Barry. He bounces into the Republic of Work in Cork for this interview with his charming, boyish smile and warm hand-shake, but there’s an animal energy in his eyes and upper body. You’d follow him around just to see what he’d do.Whatever it is, it distracted me into revealing a key secret. Towards the end of our chat, Keith handed me a piece of paper and asked me to write down something that he couldn’t know, such as my first pet or mother’s name or email password. The correct thing to do was write down my pet’s name, because who cares that we once owned a Dalmatian called Prince? The wrong thing to do was write down my email password, because it’s my password for everything else and you don’t want anyone knowing that.I write down my email … [Read more...] about Learn a trick or two from Keith Barry on New Year’s Eve
THESE crafty critters have hidden themselves amongst snow, sand and shrubby to conceal themselves from prying eyes. Stare at these pictures for long enough and you might just spot some clever creatures playing an impressive game of hide and seek. In the first image a snow leopard has secreted himself somewhere amongst the rocks. So can you spot him? From frogs to fish and bugs to birds this collection of images, from a whole host of photographers all over the world, shows the animal kingdoms outstanding ability to blend into the background. Try your luck with the rest of these images to see if you can find the masters of disguise of the animal world.Good spot! Geck this boy out Leaf it out Sneaky snake Caiman have go All the leaves are brown... Toadally invisible My spider sense is tingling What a hoot Reclusive reptile Karma Chameleon Sticking around We found a flounder BOOZE BAN Brits warned 'don't drink on Dubai flights' after mum jailed for ‘glass of wine' TOTALLED! Rapper … [Read more...] about A perfectly camouflaged snow leopard can be seen hiding in the rocks… so you can you see it?
0 Have your say The 2018 Edinburgh Fringe Festival is coming to a close for another year. But fear not, for those still looking for laughs, we’ve put together the ultimate list of Fringe jokes and one-liners from recent years.*Warning: contains some adult material*“Working at the JobCentre has to be a tense job – knowing that if you get fired, you still have to come in the next day.” Adam Rowe (2018) “I had a job drilling holes for water – it was well boring.” Leo Kearse (2018) “I took out a loan to pay for an exorcism. If I don’t pay it back, I’m going to get repossessed.” Olaf Falafel (2018)READ MORE: The 10 best jokes of the Edinburgh Fringe 2018READ MORE: The 40 best jokes from the Edinburgh Fringe 2018“In my last relationship, I hated being treated like a piece of meat. She was a vegan and refused to touch me.” Daniel Audritt (2018)“What do colourblind people do when they are … [Read more...] about Edinburgh Fringe: 106 of the best ever jokes and one-liners